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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 15, 2019 11:09 AM
From: Representative Jake Wheatley, Jr.
To: All House members
Subject: Prison Gerrymandering
We need to end a terrible practice known as prison gerrymandering. Prison gerrymandering inflates the populations of legislative districts with incarcerated individuals who do not have the ability to vote. This ultimately dilutes the political power of the remaining constituents. This provides the legislator with additional influence while being accountable to less constituents.

For purpose of redrawing districts, my legislation will require incarcerated individuals to be counted as living at their previously known address and not the prison in which they are being held. It is time we end this practice and allow an equal number of people to have equal influence over the legislative process. Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1535