In the Supreme Court case, the Trump administration claimed the citizenship question on the census questionnaire is necessary to better comply with federal voting rights law. Civil rights groups argued it was an attempt to intimidate noncitizens and Hispanic households and would lead to a decline in response rates and under-representation of minorities.
Changes to the census could impact the balance of power in states and the House of Representatives, which are based on total population. Census data is used for the allocation of congressional seats and the distribution of billions of federal dollars to states and localities over the next decade.
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