Redistricting

New York federal judge blocks Trump on the 2020 census

President Donald Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who heads the Census Bureau.
President Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

A federal judge in New York on Tuesday ruled against the Trump administration's decision to include a citizenship question to the 2020 census, siding with critics who argue that it's a partisan move that would lead to an inaccurate census count.

Why it matters: With the current polarized political climate, opponents say legal and undocumented immigrants would refuse to participate, and demographers believe that an undercount would skew the distribution of federal funds among states and reduce the political power of heavily Democratic states with large immigrant communities during the next round of redistricting in 2021.

SCOTUS takes up gerrymandering cases in North Carolina and Maryland

Gerrymandering activists outside the U.S. Supreme Court
Gerrymandering activists outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

The Supreme Court added partisan gerrymandering cases in North Carolina and Maryland to its docket on Friday, giving the justices yet another opportunity to determine whether electoral maps warped by politics may cross a constitutional line.

Why it matters: The high court has never struck down a gerrymandered election map as unconstitutional, and it punted on opportunities to do so last this year. A ruling against the practice of lawmakers drawing maps to unduly favor one political party would reshape American politics and play a crucial role in determining future control of the House.

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