LATEST UPDATE: New evidence came to light in New York v. Commerce that shows Dr. Thomas Hofeller, a longtime Republican redistricting expert, played a significant role in engineering the inclusion of the citizenship question on the 2020 Census, reaching back to 2015.
This bombshell document is a report, written by the GOP’s chief gerrymandering mastermind Thomas Hofeller, that lays out a plan to add the citizenship question on the Census in order to the extreme right’s playbook for manipulate the rules of our redistricting process to be “advantageous to Republicans and non-Hispanic whites.”
This evidence also shows that Hofeller then helped ghostwrite a letter from the Department of Justice to the Department of Commerce seeking the citizenship question on the 2020 Census to rig the count. Hofeller’s documents are a “smoking gun” — exposing exactly how he and his fellow operatives worked to undermine the integrity of our Census, manipulate redistricting, and rig the elections for partisan advantage.
These documents came to light because Stephanie Hofeller, daughter of Thomas Hofeller, released her father’s files to Common Cause in order to ensure the whole truth came out.
We conduct a census every 10 years to collect objective data about our communities. If that count is inaccurate in 2021, it will turbo-charge gerrymandering and make our district lines even more unfair than they already are.
Getting the next census count right is critical to making sure our government works for everyone — it will shape our nation’s democracy, public policy and economy for the next decade.
But the Administration has launched a systematic assault on the fairness and accuracy of the 2020 Census.
First, the administration dramatically underfunded this crucial initiative. Then, they tried to put a professor working to defend North Carolina’s racial gerrymandering in charge of the count. Now, they’ve announced plans to add an unnecessary, and potentially intimidating question on citizenship status to the Census form.
All of these moves will have the same shameful impact — a skewed Census count will harm our government’s ability to fairly represent all of us.
People of color, particularly Black, Latino and Native American communities in both urban and rural areas, are at an especially high risk of being undercounted by the Census — which translates to unequal representation along racial lines.
Every eligible American wants their voice to be heard and to know that their vote counts in selecting the people and policies that will determine the future of our families and communities. That’s why Common Cause members are stepping up and speaking out to demand a fair and accurate Census — to ensure that we can all have an equal say.