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Census bureau sued to stop gathering of citizen population data

A federal lawsuit brought last week by Latino and immigrants' rights groups is seeking to stop the Trump administration from publicizing estimates of the citizen population along with the 2020 census results.

Effectively blocked by the Supreme Court from putting a citizenship question on the census, President Trump has ordered the Commerce Department to come up with numbers using existing government records – in time for delivery to the states along with the detailed population figures.

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GOP Rep. Mo Brooks has joined the state of Alabama in a lawsuit challenging the Commerce Department practice of counting everyone (not just citizens) for reapportionment.

15 states join legal fight to keep House districts based on total population

A federal judge is allowing a coalition of 15 states and the District of Columbia to be defendants in a lawsuit seeking to exclude noncitizens from being counted in the run-up to the re-allocation of congressional seats.

Last year the state of Alabama and one of its Republican congressmen, Mo Brooks, sued the Trump administration, arguing that the counting of undocumented immigrants in census figures used for determining reapportionment unfairly benefits states with higher numbers of noncitizens.

Alabama contends that counting the whole population — the practice used for apportionment since Congess began — rather than just citizens will cost the state one of its seven House seats (and therefore one of its electoral votes) following the 2020 census tally.

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This League of Women Voters map shows how the group plans to focus its $500,000 anti-gerrymandering campaign in each state over the next three years.

League of Women Voters launches $500K anti-gerrymandering campaign

The League of Women Voters is launching a half-million-dollar nationwide campaign to make sure the country's electoral boundaries are drawn to assure more competition in the next decade.

The plan, announced Thursday by one of the nation's most venerable civic organizations, is "focused on creating fair political maps nationwide" — a goal that's not otherwise explicitly explained, but seems clearly intended to tackle the rise in aggressively partisan gerrymandering.

The investment toward the adoption of voting districts drawn without partisan intent following the 2020 census includes varying approaches.

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While the Trump administration backed off its plans to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census, officials are still looking for ways to get a count of non-citizens.

Trump’s fight to count citizens and non-citizens: 5 questions answered

The ConversationLadewig is an associate professor of political science at the University of Connecticut.

The United States is still months away from the start of the 2020 census — but the decennial count of the country's population is already controversial.

After the Supreme Court's decision at the end of June, President Trump conceded that the administration would no longer pursue a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

Instead, Trump announced that he signed an executive order instructing the executive branch to share all citizenship data with the Census Bureau. He suggested that the augmented data could be used in the apportionment and redistricting processes.

I have studied and taught how the U.S. apportions seats in Congress and redraws congressional districts for two decades. These topics have been of paramount importance to democratic representation since, at least, the founding of the United States. And both are critical for the future legitimacy of the American government after the 2020 census.

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