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Redistricting commission plan vetoed by N.H. governor

Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed legislation that would have created an independent commission to draw New Hampshire's electoral boundaries.

A first principle of the democracy reform movement is that the job of electoral mapmaking must be taken out of the hands of the politicians running each state, because whether they're Republicans or Democrats their top priority will be gerrymandering the districts to perpetuate their own partisan advantage.

But the Republican governor, in the veto message released Friday, said the state Constitution gives elected officials — state legislators and the governor — the authority to draw lines for congressional districts, state legislative districts and members of the governor's executive council.

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People gather in front of the Supreme Court in late June as the justices announce their decision blocking a citizenship question from being included in the 2020 census.

Even without a citizenship question, fear complicates 2020 census

Civil rights groups celebrated the government's decision to throw out the citizenship question from the 2020 census. But some worry the damage has already been done.

Simply the notion of having a citizenship question on the census could still deter residents, particularly those from immigrant communities, from participating next year. The mistrust and misinformation surrounding the census was further amplified Wednesday when President Trump tweeted that news reports indicating the Commerce Department had dropped the question were "FAKE!"

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Approximately 70 percent of the door-to-door work that was required to complete the census in the past is being moved to in-office canvassing that relies on technology.

Technology, cybersecurity concerns continue to dog 2020 Census

While the controversy over the proposed citizenship question has dominated most of the news coverage of the 2020 census, lingering concerns remain over a number of issues that will decide its success.

The concerns – expressed by members of Congress and contained in numerous reports by agency overseers and outside groups – focus mainly methodology, technology and cybersecurity.

Here is a look at each:

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Chief Justice John Roberts joined with Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan in ruling the Commerce Department needed to provide further explanation for adding the citizenship question to the census.

Why the Supreme Court asked for an explanation of the citizenship question

Johnson is the dean and professor of public interest law and Chicana/o studies at University of California, Davis.

Immediately before the Supreme Court's summer recess each year, it releases decisions in some of its most challenging and significant cases.

This year was no different.

On June 27, the last day of the term, the Supreme Court decided Department of Commerce v. New York, a case exploring legal issues surrounding the addition of the question, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?," on the 2020 census.

The decision is of great practical importance, as the final numbers generated by the census will affect representation in Congress, allocation of federal dollars and much more. The political implications of the citizenship question made the case politically volatile and controversial.

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