Bill Would Count Prisoners Differently in Redistricting

Although inmates in Texas prisons are not able to vote, a long battle has been waged over whether they should count as residents for the purpose of redistricting.

State Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, filed a bill Thursday, HB 684, that would change the way prison inmates are counted when the state creates representative districts. State Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, filed a similar bill, HB 329. He has been filing versions of the bill since 2001.

Both want to ensure that prison inmates are counted for the purposes of redistricting at their last residential address, as opposed to the prisons where ...

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