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In a North Carolina lawsuit challenging the Republican gerrymandering of congressional district map, lawyers discovered links to the Trump Administration effort to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census.
The Trump administration has, in keeping with GOP spending priorities over a number of years, consistently asked for Census Bureau budgets that don’t even begin to keep pace with the financial needs of the Bureau as Census 2020 approaches.
The addition of a citizenship question is far more likely to inhibit the successful trial of VRA cases, by increasing the inaccuracy of the Census, than it is to improve the assessment of VRA claims due to greater precision.