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February 11, 2010

"Prisons, Redistricting and the Census"

The title of this post is the headline of this new editorial in the New York Times.  Here are excerpts:

The Census Bureau struck a blow for electoral fairness recently when it decided to speed up publication of its data on prison populations to ensure it is available for the next round of redistricting. We hope this new data, which will be released in the spring of 2011, will bolster the efforts of reformers who are trying to end prison-based gerrymandering — the cynical practice of drawing legislative districts with populations inflated by inmates who do not have the right to vote and whose actual residences are often far away.

Far too often, redistricting committees pad underpopulated districts by redrawing boundaries to include large prisons. This practice typically increases the political power of rural areas where prisons are built and diminishes the influence of the urban areas to which inmates eventually return....

The decision to release the data early was taken at the behest of Representative William Lacy Clay, a Democrat of Missouri, who has long been concerned about the inequities brought by prison-based gerrymandering.  The data will be especially helpful to the 100 or so counties that — at great effort — already remove prison inmates from the count at redistricting time.  And it should give fresh impetus to legislation pending in several states — including New York — that would require them to determine the home addresses of inmates and draw legislative districts based on that information.

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you just got to love the retards running this country. They can't vote and have no voice in anything. but your gonna count them.

Posted by: rodsmith3510 | Feb 11, 2010 8:44:18 PM

Is it correct to say, the majority of criminals would vote Democrat, the party of crime and rent seeking? So this prisoner enfranchisement movement is just partisan self-dealing.

Prison is not a discretionary vacation for most prisoners. It is a forced change in residence. If a prisoner is spends a year or more in prison, he has moved from his prior address. The standard residency requirement of a state should apply.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Feb 12, 2010 10:18:47 AM

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