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graph: counting 4,500 prisoners as residents of Mansfield Ohio's Ward 5 dilutes the votes of other city residents

Data Source: Linda Martz, Taxpayers before wards, Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, OH) November 26, 2002, p. 6A; U.S. Census, Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. (Graph: Peter Wagner, 2003)

This graph originally appeared in Cities with large prisons: Counting prisoners as residents dilutes democracy in Mansfield Ohio.

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