Schneiderman Celebrates Passage of Redistricting Bill
August 3rd, 2010

Legislation that would count prisoners for redistricting purposes in their home districts rather than where they are incarcerated is now in the hands of Gov. David Paterson.

Sen. Eric Schneiderman, lead sponsor of the bill, issued this statement:

We have made history in New York,said Schneiderman. This is a major victory for the equal representation of all New Yorkers, and a proud moment for our state. The practice of prison-based gerrymandering distorts the democratic process and undermines the principle of one person, one vote. The overwhelming majority of upstate counties with large prisons already reject counting inmates for internal redistricting. This historic measure simply applies that fair standard to the drawing of state legislative districts. I urge Governor Paterson to sign our bill and end this injustice once and for all.

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