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on the final day of its term to blockbuster rulings from the Supreme Court with vast political consequences the court on Thursday ruled for the first time that federal courts have no place in policing partisan gerrymandering leaving it up to the states and Congress to regulate in a five four decision the justices rejected efforts to rein in the contentious practice of manipulating electoral district boundaries to entrench one party in power the court turned away challenges to maps in Maryland and North Carolina the ruling delivered a set back to election reformers who had hoped the court would intervene over a growing trend in which parties that control state legislatures redraw maps to cement their power and weak in the voting power of people who support the rival party in her dissent justice Elena Kagan wrote quote for the first time ever this court refuses to remedy a constitutional violation because it thinks the task beyond judicial capabilities also the court ruled against the trump administration's attempt to add a citizenship question to the twenty twenty census Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberals in a five four decision which found the trump administration did not give an adequate explanation for its plan to add the question with opponents had called the move by the commerce department to add a citizenship question a Republican maneuver to deter immigrants from taking part in the population count thus producing an undercount in areas with high immigrant and Latino populations costing democratic leaning regions seats in the house in may evidence surfaced that showed the Republican strategist instrumental in adding the question read the doing so quote would clearly be a disadvantage to the Democrats and quote advantageous to Republicans and non Hispanic whites Thursday's mixed ruling does not definitively decide whether the question could be added at some point