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Feb 18, 2019

Voting Rights: The Fate Of The Census Citizenship Question Now Likely Rests With SCOTUS

Perhaps the biggest voting rights news last week was the announcement by the Supreme Court Friday that it was taking up the Census citizenship case. The court will hear arguments in the case in April. A federal judge had previously blocked the administration from adding a question about citizenship to the Census. The move sets up the possibility that the justices will decide whether the question can stay on the 2020 census by the end of the term. The Justice Department, in appealing the case to the Supreme Court while bypassing the appellate court, pointed to a June deadline for printing the survey forms — though, for extra money, the government can push the deadline back a few more months. Texas Secretary of State David Whitley apologized in a letter to lawmakers last Wednesday for his handling of a list of alleged noncitizen voters that proved to be filled with errors and false positives. The apology was a half-hearted one,…

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