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Federal Judges Question Ohio’s Need to Rush Census Data Release

May 13, 2021, 12:09 AM

Federal appeals court judges on Wednesday questioned why they should interfere with the U.S. Census’s data-sorting process and order expedited release of information the Ohio attorney general says the state needs quickly to redraw state political maps.

Members of a three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit panel said they leaned against compelling the release of data used for political line-drawing that is already months behind the statutory March 31 release deadline.

All three judges either said or expressed a preference for U.S. Department of Justice Attorney Mark Stern’s argument that they should order a lower court to ...