Census Holds Back NYC Votes

The Census Bureau is holding on to ritual, and defends including prisoners in the count for a voting district’s population, despite the fact that prisoners are stripped of their right to vote. Without the residencies of inmates, in particular in Upstate New York, many towns would be too small to be considered a district, yet their presence affects legislative redistricting for Congress, Senate and the Assembly. Moreover, the transfer to upstate jails hurts the city’s voting numbers.
Gotham Gazette

- Riva Froymovich