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Apr 1, 2019

Voting Rights: House Oversight Ramps Up Probe Into State-Level Voter Suppression

The House Oversight Committee is preparing to authorize subpoenas aimed at forcing the production of certain documents and testimony it is seeking in its investigations into the Census citizenship question. The committee gave the Commerce Department until Monday to let it view unredacted versions of documents related to the Department’s quest to find legal justification to add the question. The committee has scheduled for Tuesday a mark-up of a resolution authorizing a subpoena for the documents, as well as for the testimony of John Gore, a DOJ official who drafted the Department’s letter giving Commerce cover to include the question. The committee last week also expanded its investigation into state-level voting rights issues. Having already requested certain documents from Georgia, the committee on Thursday sent requests to officials in Kansas and Texas, pertaining to moves there that would restrict access to the ballot box. Georgia did not meet the deadline the committee imposed for its production last week, but a House…

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