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Mon May 6, 2019, 12:07 PM

 

Issues that voters need to understand about prisoner voting rights etc. It's not that complicated [View all]

I have been trying for years to get people to understand what is behind the prison-industrial-complex racket. (PICR)


(Not sure if this belongs here or in the Primary Discussion)

This can explain some of it if you care to understand it. You can see why so many southern and poorer states want more and more prisons built in their states and why the Congress-critters from those areas sneak funding for building prisons in their home states. Here is a snip of the issue:

"What do we mean by “prison-based gerrymandering”? A long-standing flaw in the decennial census counts some 2 million incarcerated people in the wrong place for purposes of redistricting and undermines the “one person, one vote” principle of the 14th Amendment. Census data, of course, forms the basis for re-drawing state and local districts each decade to ensure that each district will contain a similar number of people and each resident will therefore have the same access to government, a result required by the one-person, one-vote rule.

However, although people in prison can’t vote, and remain legal residents of their home communities under the laws of most states, the Census Bureau currently tabulates people in prison as residents of their prison cells, not their homes. Using this flawed data to draw legislative districts grants the people who live near large prisons extra influence at the expense of voters everywhere else"

https://www.demos.org/testimony-and-public-comment/census-count-and-prisoners-problem-solutions-and-what-census-can-do

Bernie needs to examine his passion for this and we the voters need to read and understand the issues involved. Another example of one of my favorite quotes: The person can read and doesn't has no advantage over the person who can't read.

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