Justices to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

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The nation has done just one test run of the 2020 Census. This 2018 file photo shows an envelope containing a census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the test run. | AP File Photo/Michelle R. Smith

The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship that could affect the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal money.

The justices have agreed to a speedy review of a lower court ruling that has so far blocked the Trump administration from adding the citizenship question to the census for the first time since 1950.

Both the administration and opponents of the question agreed the court should settle the matter quickly because census forms need to be printed soon.

Arguments will take place in late April. A decision should come by late June.

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