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Obama Census Shift? Is this right?

Prisoners will soon be bigger players in those high-stakes redistricting fights, even if unwittingly, thanks to a change in federal policy governing how they’re to be counted in the 2010 census.
Prison populations have historically been included in national headcounts, but now Census officials will make data on inmate populations available to states earlier than in the past.
This change will allow states to decide whether to count inmates for purposes of redistricting. If a state makes that choice, it would have to decide where inmates should be considered residents — in rural towns, where prisons are often built, or in cities, where many prisoners come from.
Doesn't this allow cities to gain redistricting efforts possibly moving redistricting to large urban areas? Wouldn't this help Democrats, who tend to gain more votes in urban areas?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:27 PM on Feb. 12, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (6)
  • The Obama administration has made a subtle but important change in the timing of Census Bureau reports,0,7866067.story

    The cities basically want to eat their cake and have it, too. They want credit for the prison population without actually having to house and maintain the prisoners.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:29 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • Not all states allow convicted felons to vote - in those states, at least, they should not be counted at all in terms of redistricting, in ANY location.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:34 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • I was going to say what NP said! If felons are not allowed to vote, they shouldn't be counted for the purpose of redistricting.

    Answer by 29again at 2:46 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • The black community says "We want what is ours" read more in my question I asked about this before. It doesn't end with changing voting for inmates, it goes to more funding to select target areas and door-to-door man-hunt to get more census info and ultimately MORE POWER!

    Read here


    Answer by thundernlight at 3:17 PM on Feb. 12, 2010


    Answer by thundernlight at 3:17 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • We have a Democrat for President and congress, EVERYTHING they do aids Democrats

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 4:16 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

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