UPDATED 11:10 AM PT — Monday, June 24, 2019
As the Supreme Court’s term comes to a close, the justices are preparing to release the most highly anticipated decisions of the year. This coming week, the Supreme Court will issue rulings on twelve remaining cases, including two major decisions on and the 2020 Census citizenship question.
The two cases will determine the legality of redistricting practices ahead of the 2020 election. A Republican-drawn map from North Carolina in the Rucho v. Common Cause case and a Democrat-drawn map from Maryland in the Benisek v. Lamone case were both challenged on constitutionality, claiming the districts were sectioned off in an extremely partisan way.
“At this time we have a historic opportunity to do what the courts want us to do. So, what I hope happens that in light of these oral arguments, in light of the decision that’s coming through right now, in light of all that’s going on right now discussing partisan gerrymandering that we will take the responsibility, that we will take the leap of faith and say that we are going to fix this process and fix this process now.”
— Rep. Robert Reives, North Carolina General Assembly
However, perhaps the most controversial decision yet to be announced is if the Trump administration can reinstate a citizenship question to the 2020 Census in the Department of Commerce v. New York case. Critics of the question say those living in the U.S. illegally will not be comfortable to answer the question honestly in fear of deportation, and, in turn, would effect the Democrat Party’s votes in left-leaning states.
“This is a question that has been included in every census since 1965 with the exception of 2010 when it was removed. We’ve contained this question that has provided data necessary for the Department of Justice to protect voters. Specifically, to help us comply with the Voting Rights Act, which is something that is important and a part of this process.”
— Sarah Sanders, outgoing White House Press Secretary
The decisions announced this week may give insight to how the justices will rule on other cases in years to come. After this week, the Supreme Court’s next term will begin in October.