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ACLU accuses Cranston of prison gerrymandering

ACLU accuses Cranston of prison gerrymandering

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Cranston over its decision to count state prison inmates on its voter rolls.

The suit, filed Wednesday, says a quarter of the 13,000 people counted as residents in Cranston's 6th Ward are inmates who can't vote there.

When the 3,400 inmates at the Adult Correctional Institutions are subtracted, the 6th Ward has fewer residents than other city wards, yet it has the level of representation on the City Council and School Committee.

The ACLU suit alleges that the city is violating Constitutional requirements that citizens have equal representation. The ACLU — which is joined in the lawsuit by four local residents — wants Cranston to redraw its political districts to avoid the problem.

Messages left with city leaders weren't immediately returned Wednesday.

 

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