New York suit over census citizenship question can go to trial: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court rejected a Trump administration bid to halt a trial next week over the controversial decision to place a citizenship question on 2020 census forms. The suit was brought by New York state against the Commerce Department, which oversees the Census Bureau, and is slated to head to trial Monday. Critics of the addition of a citizenship question to the form have argued it could create a chilling effect on responses and lead to an undercount, potentially affecting, for example, congressional representation and the allocation of federal funds to states. The mandate of the census is to count all people without regard to citizenship status or voting eligibility. Associate justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch dissented.

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