In a blow to upstate, the Legislature passed a law last night that will instruct the Census to count prison inmates not at the place they reside, but at their last known address, usually downstate. That will be a subtle population shift that can help keep the number of seats downstate up compared to us.
Already the redistricting process allows such latitude in the size of Senate and Assembly districts one can make one area of the state get fewer seats than their population would suggest....By putting the opposition party seats at the maximum population and the majority party seats at the low end, one creates a couple of extra seats statewide for the ones doing the drawing. If Democrats control both houses, that will be done to create Democrat hegemony for the next hundred years.
The not counting of inmates will have a subtle difference on County Legislative races.
The premise of the Census is to reflect where people live on April 1 of the decennial year....This law distorts that.
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