Supreme Court leaves partisan gerrymandering to be decided by states

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"We simply note that the avenue for reform established by the Framers, and used by Congress in the past, remains open", he said. After Hofeller's death, his daughter found that he had urged the Trump government to add a citizenship question to the census.

In Maryland, a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by approximately 2-to-1, Republicans challenged the constitutionality of Democratic voting maps that turned the state's previously 4-4 eight-member delegation into a 7-1 Democratic advantage in the 2016 election.

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The administration announced the new question in March 2018.

Opponents of the citizen question allege Hofeller ghostwrote part of a Justice Department draft letter requesting the Commerce Department, which oversees the census, add the question.

Roberts wrote in his opinion that "the decision to reinstate a citizenship question can not be adequately explained in terms of the (Justice Department's) request for improved citizenship data to better enforce the (Voting Rights Act)".

"The provision expressly discriminates against nonresidents and has at best a highly attenuated relationship to public health or safety", reads the prevailing opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito.

What will happen next is unclear. The Census Bureau said in a brief statement only that the decision is "currently being reviewed".

In the other ruling, the court temporarily stopped the Trump government's effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

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There was even more at stake here, and the debate was filled with partisan politics: An undercount estimated by census officials of more than 8 million people would most affect states and urban areas with large Hispanic and immigrant populations, places that tend to vote for Democrats.

Roberts did, however, concede that the census citizenship question was not "substantially invalid" and only "demanded that agencies must pursue their goals reasonably".

The 1950 census was the last to include a question about citizenship for residents nationwide, but questionnaires in some areas of the U.S. posed related questions up until 2000.

After arguing that the dissenting opinions on the issue ignored judicial precedent, Roberts claimed that declaring partisan gerrymandering to be unconstitutional would dangerously expand the power of the courts.

The Justice Department, according to the sources, was not able to say yet whether it meant to try to get the question added back onto the census.

Together, they were a reminder that gerrymandering is a bi-partisan scourge on voters, an affliction perpetrated by the powerful wanting to keep power, regardless of political party.

The state law imposed a two-year in-state residency requirement for business owners applying for a license and 10-year residency requirements for license renewals.

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