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Prisons Warp the Vote

by Peter Wagner, January 8, 2008

TomPaine.com has published Prisons Warp the Vote by PPI law clerk Brett Blank. The piece traces the pre-Reynolds history of redistricting in New Hampshire — which was based on wealth — and juxtaposes that against the prisoner miscount, where prisons are the only economic interest that gets a boost from the decennial census.

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