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May 7, 2018

This Week in Voting Rights: Arkansas’ Voter ID Law Remains In Force, For Now

As the House Oversight Committee prepares to hold a hearing on 2020 Census prep Tuesday, one of the lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s move to add a citizenship question, which could lead to an undercount of immigrant populations, is gaining traction. Oakland, Fremont and four other municipalities in California have joined the lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra. It’s one of several lawsuits seeking to block the Census Department from asking the question. The Arizona legislature on Friday failed to pass a measure that would put an overhaul of the state’s independent redistricting commission on the ballot. Critics of the proposal said that it would have politicized the commission. Meanwhile, a Missouri measure that would bring in a “non-partisan state demographer” to draw competitive legislative maps that, in turn, would be approved by the redistricting commissions that already exist in the state, will be on the ballot for Missouri voters to approve in November after a group called Clean Missouri…

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