Stephen Wolf+ Your Authors @PoliticsWolf @DKElections staff writer covering voting rights, gerrymandering, maps, & poli sci. Get the free Voting Rights Roundup weekly newsletter Jul. 02, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

NEW: In a shock development, the Trump administration conceded defeat in its push to weaponize the census by adding a damaging citizenship question. On Tuesday, they ordered the printing of millions of census forms to go ahead WITHOUT the question 

This outcome is a massive relief for fair elections & the rule of law. Smoking gun evidence showed Republicans designed the census citizenship question to undermine the representation of Democrats & voters of color in redistricting. Allowing it would've been Bush v. Gore 2.0

The census is the foundation of fair redistricting, & having the most accurate count is essential. Including a citizenship question would have likely deterred millions of Latinos & immigrants from participating even though we have better ways to get citizenship data

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