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Jul 9, 2018

Voting Rights Primer: Michigan’s Conservative Supreme Court Will Hold Hearing On Redistricting Reform

The states and localities challenging the Trump administration’s addition of a citizenship question to the Census secured a small victory last week. A New York federal judge ordered the administration to turn over more information about the documents it was withholding related to its decision to add the question. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman also suggested that up to 10 government officials may deposed, according to reports from a hearing Furman held in the New York-led lawsuit on Tuesday. Opponents of a redistricting reform effort in Michigan were able to persuade the state’s Supreme Court to hold a hearing on the initiative. The hearing will be on July 18; supporters of the reform effort hope to get the initiative on the November ballot. Five of the seven judges on the court are Republican-backed, and two have accepted money from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — one of the chief opponents of the redistricting reform proposal — in their 2018 re-election…

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