On Friday, May 18, the acting head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division repeatedly refused to answer questions about his role in the Justice Department’s December 2017 request to the Department of Commerce to add a new citizenship question to the Decennial Census (at The Equation)
Not to be outdone by other Secretaries who are gaining a lot more public attention, on March 26, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said “Hold my beer…” then announced that he was going along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ request to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census. The decision was announced despite concerns about the threat of a population undercount voiced by previous Census directors, the scientific and voting rights communities, and leaders in the public and private sectors (at The Equation).
The nature of Maryland’s gerrymander is distinct because of the way that Republicans have to be distributed in order for Democrats to gain partisan advantage (LSE USAPP Blog)
3/21/18 On January 3, 2017, President Trump claimed that there was “substantial evidence” of voter fraud in the 2016 election, enough to have denied him a popular vote victory.
My first podcast with UCS has been posted this week, where we talk about the science of representation and the role that science plays in election law and voting rights