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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.

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