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Dr. Constance Citro will review the 2020 US census and its possible impact on state redistricting and gerrymandering. This is a much-anticipated sequel to Dr. Citro's 2019 lecture on the decennial census.
Gerrymandering is the process of manipulating electoral district boundaries to favor a particular outcome. In Rucho v. Common Cause, the Supreme Court in June 2019, by a 5-to-4 margin, held that the federal judiciary had no jurisdiction to decide cases of partisan gerrymandering in the states. In his majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts stated, “you can take race out of politics, but you can’t take politics out of politics.”
Dr Citro will discuss the Supreme Court decision, the 2020 Census, and state redistricting. She is a nationally recognized scholar on issues connected with the census and redistricting. She holds a PhD in political science from Yale and has devoted more than 35 years at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to evaluating and assisting the Census Bureau to plan for the decennial census. Currently, she is a senior scholar at the Academies' Committee on National Statistics.