Judicial Watch and American Educational Foundation File Brief with Supreme Court Urging it to Allow Inclusion of Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census
'The mountain of new data generated by the decennial census question will assist private litigants and the Department of Justice in their efforts to enforce the NVRA [National Voter Registration Act] ... and will overcome limitations identified by a federal court concerning the current data on citizenship'
Contact: Jill Farrell, Judicial Watch
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2019 /Christian Newswire
/ -- Judicial Watch announced today that it joined with the Allied Educational Foundation (AEF) on February 11, 2019 in filing an amici curiae brief
in the United States Supreme Court, urging it to overturn the ruling
of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York blocking the Secretary of Commerce from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. The brief argues that including a citizenship question would help Judicial Watch and the government make sure only eligible citizens are on the voting rolls:
Adding a citizenship question to the decennial census would generate a massive amount of new data concerning the numbers of citizens and noncitizens in U.S. states and counties. To quibble about potential limitations in the data that would be collected is to miss the point. It cannot be the case that we are somehow better off with less information...