NPR

Census Citizenship Question Trial Could Start Day Before Midterm Elections

A federal judge in New York has set Nov. 5 as the start date of the first potential trial of the six lawsuits over the 2020 census citizenship question that dozens of states and cities want removed.
Newly sworn-in U.S. citizens gather for a naturalization ceremony in Alexandria, Va., in August. A potential trial over a new 2020 census citizenship question is set to start on Nov. 5 in New York City. Source: Claire Harbage

The first potential trial of the six lawsuits over the hotly contested 2020 census citizenship question could kick off the day before voters head to the polls for the upcoming midterm elections.

During a court hearing at Manhattan federal court on Friday, U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman set the tentative start date for Nov. 5, adding that his "strong instinct" is that the two cases before him require a courtroom trial before he can issue a ruling.

Potential trials for.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR2 min read
Women's World Cup: Team USA To Bring All They Have Against Chile
They play their second match of the Cup Sunday. "You put yourself in the best position to advance in this tournament," Coach Jill Ellis said when asked if she'd tell her team to play less than 100%.
NPR5 min readSociety
Pregnant, Locked Up, And Alone
Natalie Lynch spent the last two weeks of her pregnancy in a prison cell, mostly alone. As female incarceration rates rise, some states are banning solitary confinement of pregnant women.
NPR4 min read
A Muslim In Rural, White Minnesota On How To 'Love Thy Neighbor'
After Donald Trump's election, Dr. Ayaz Virji started giving talks to mostly white, Christian audiences in rural Minnesota to try to dispel misconceptions about Muslims. He faced a lot of backlash.