Maloney Releases Hofeller Documents

Jun 26, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-chair of the House Census Caucus and author of the 2020 Census IDEA Act, went to the House floor today to release documents directly linking Secretary Ross’ decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census to Thomas Hofeller, known to the GOP has the Michelangelo of gerrymandering. The documents, which were discovered by a courageous woman and turned over to pro-bono lawyers working on the Common Cause v. Lewis case, show a direct link between the decision to add the question and partisan, political gerrymandering motivations. The communications in these documents completely invalidates the Administration’s claim that this question is needed to better enforce voting rights. Rep. Maloney met with the lawyers Tuesday morning.

You can watch the Congresswoman’s floor speech here.

“These documents prove that adding the citizenship question was never about voting rights – in fact, it was about the opposite. It was meant to disenfranchise voters all across the country and rig the electoral college and distribution of congressional districts in the GOP’s favor. This is a blatant attempt to violate the Constitution – which states that every single person living in the United States should be counted in the decennial census. This question is meant to intimidate and lead to an undercount of immigrants and disenfranchise the communities they call home.”

Included in these documents is a January 2015 email from a Census Bureau employee to Dr. Hofeller urging him to push a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. This employee, Christa Jones, later went on to be political appointee in the Bureau and a member of the core team working under Sec. Ross on the question.

All of the documents, a summary, and a timeline outlining how these documents fit together can be found here.