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December 17, 2018 3:53 p.m.

Voting Rights Primer: NJ Dems Back Away From Plan To Boost Their Gerrymandering Advantage

As we wait for a judge to rule on the legality of the Trump administration’s Census citizenship question, House Democrats are already previewing their intentions to investigate the administration’s decision to add it. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the incoming chair the Oversight Committee next year, told CNN last week that he plans on bringing in Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who made the call to add the question, to testify about the decision. Meanwhile, in a lawsuit that Alabama Republicans have brought demanding that the Census exclude undocumented immigrants from the count that doles out U.S. House seats across the country, a Latino group has successfully intervened to defend the current system of counting all residents — not just citizens — in the count. While Republicans have continued full steam ahead on their efforts to cripple incoming Democratic state governments and entrench their electoral advantage, New Jersey Democrats backed away from passing a controversial redistricting constitutional amendment. The amendment, which would…

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