Is it OK that the Trump administration wanted to add a citizenship question to the Census so that they would gain a voting advantage?
The idea was that if they included a question -- 'are there any non-citizens in your household'- the census would be underreported; people would not want to admit that.
Then, somehow this would give Republicans a chance to gerrymander- divide the state up into voting districts advantageous for electing republican representatives.
This may sound far-fetched. But the links below explain it. Evidence of a DELIBERATE plan to include this question expressly FOR THIS PURPOSE was found on a deceased GOP strategist's hard drive.
Of course, non-citizens can't vote anyway, but the idea was to make the census inaccurate.
Again, this has been purported to be a DELIBERATE strategy to skew voting in favor of Republicans. From my first link, this is what was found on this GOP Strategist's hard drive:
"Specifically, per the filing, the documents show that Hofeller "concluded in a 2015 study that adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census 'would clearly be a disadvantage to the Democrats' and 'advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites' in redistricting,"
- Mr. SmartypantsLv 75 months agoBest Answer
For decades now the Republicans have come up with just one dirty trick after another to slant voting in their direction. If they don't work, they'll drop them. If they do work, they'll do it all the time from then on. Nobody ever went to jail or anything.
For example, Katherine Harris, the Sec'y of State of Florida in 2000, went through the voter rolls to purge the names of felons. Anyone in a Democratic-leaning district who had the same name as a felon (or, in some cases, even just same first or last name) would show up at the polls and be told his name was purged and there wasn't time to restore it. Then she borrowed a felon name list from another state (Texas) and purged THOSE names. But about 98% in Democratic districts.
She purged 70,000 names. The Republicans themselves admitted a 10-15% error rate. Well, 10% of 70,000 is 7,000 legitimate voters denied their franchise, overwhelmingly in Democratic districts, in an election Bush won by <700 votes! Harris should have gone to prison, but instead she went to Congress.
Alabama has a stripe of black-majority counties across it. It's called the Black Belt, originally for its rich black soil that was perfect for cotton, but now because of the black people who live there. A few years ago, the state passed a law that required an ID to vote, an ID you could get from the DMV. Then they closed EVERY SINGLE DMV in EVERY SINGLE ONE of those counties! Tell me that wasn't about race!
So yeah, they wanted to add a citizenship question in hopes that non-citizens would be afraid to be counted in the census, which would hurt states with a lot of immigrants. The top 5 are California, NY, New Jersey, Florida and Nevada. All red (or purple) states.
- SallyLv 75 months ago
Why should that be OK? Of course it's not.
- Anonymous5 months ago
No. Political parties should win because they get the most votes, not because they rig the system in their favor.
- ?Lv 75 months ago
That question is perfectly legitimate. It prevents illegal aliens from stuffing ballots for Democrats.
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- Anonymous5 months ago
There used to be a citizenship question on the census. It was removed. Why are liberals scared of having it back on? Non citizens can’t vote anyways
- L.N.Lv 75 months ago
Should foreign nationals illegally in the country really be represented in Congress and the Electoral College?
- 5 months ago
Curious....What’s to stop the guy filling out the form from lying?
Seems like a useless issue on Trumps part with the goal of ginning up fake outrage from the right and a useless issue for the left to attack him on for the exact same reason......Basically the purpose fur each parties stance on this, is nothing more then short term political gain and only the easily manipulated on both sides are fighting over this
- T.M. HaverfordLv 75 months ago
Yes. It’s ok.