Supreme Court allows partisan gerrymandering, blocks census citizenship question

A protester holds a sign outside the U.S. Supreme Court, where the court ruled that the Trump administration did not give an adequate explanation for its plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, delivering a victory to New York state and others challenging the proposal. June 27, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Barria.

In a 5-4 decision along partisan lines, the Supreme Court justices said the Constitution does not bar political gerrymandering. Then in a surprise decision, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four liberal justices in handing a big blow to the Trump administration. They sent back to a lower court a case about adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, blocking it for now.