Deceased G.O.P. Strategist’s Hard Drives Reveal New Details on the Census Citizenship Question – The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/30/us/census-citizenship-question-hofeller.html

Wow, fascinating. Really interesting story.

«Mr. Hofeller’s exhaustive analysis of Texas state legislative districts concluded that such maps “would be advantageous to Republicans and non-Hispanic whites,” and would dilute the political power of the state’s Hispanics.

The reason, he wrote, was that the maps would exclude traditionally Democratic Hispanics and their children from the population count. That would force Democratic districts to expand to meet the Constitution’s one person, one vote requirement. In turn, that would translate into fewer districts in traditionally Democratic areas, and a new opportunity for Republican mapmakers to create even stronger gerrymanders.

The strategy carried a fatal flaw, however: The detailed citizenship data that was needed to draw the maps did not exist.»

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