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Commerce's Ross says census question aimed at Voting Rights Act enforcement

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told lawmakers on Thursday that he exercised his authority to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. census in order to obtain more accurate data to help enforce the Voting Rights Act.

In written testimony, Ross told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that he determined that this goal outweighed any reduction in census response rates that may result from the decision.

Reporting by David Lawder

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