ACLU ACCUSES CRANSTON OF PRISON GERRYMANDERING

Providence - The American Civil Liberties Union sued Cranston, R.I., on Wednesday over its decision to count state prison inmates on its voter rolls, alleging that it is skewing political influence in Rhode Island's third-largest city.

According to the lawsuit filed in federal court, a quarter of the 13,000 people counted as residents of Cranston's 6th Ward are inmates at the Adult Correctional institutions and aren't eligible to vote. When the 3,400 inmates are subtracted, the 6th Ward's population is significantly smaller than other wards - even though each ward has a representative on the City Council and the local school board.

"As a result, every three actual residents of that ward have as much say about city and school affairs as four residents in any other ward," according to the lawsuit.

- Associated Press

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