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I am glad the Supreme Court of Virginia rejected a Republican attempt to allow "prison gerrymandering" yesterday. Never heard of prison gerrymandering? Like a lot of GOP plans, it’s about taking power away from the communities that have the least of it. (1/7)

I am glad the Supreme Court of Virginia rejected a Republican attempt to allow "prison gerrymandering" yesterday. Never heard of prison gerrymandering? Like a lot of GOP plans, it’s about taking power away from the communities that have the least of it. (1/7)

Prison gerrymandering is when the census counts a prison as an incarcerated person’s residence. This wasn’t a huge problem when we started using it in 1790, but incarceration rates have skyrocketed since then. There are 36,000 prisoners in Virginia alone. (2/7)

When we credit a small town for thousands of prisoners, we’re artificially inflating the power of places where prisons are located at the expense of the communities prisoners are actually invested in. (3/7)

Prisoners can’t vote in Virginia, so prison gerrymandering sets a dangerous precedent: It gives increased power to representatives completely unaccountable to the incarcerated people whose existence GIVES them that power. (4/7)

In other words, prison gerrymandering takes voting power away from the communities where voters ACTUALLY live and gives it to folks who have no incentive to hear their voices. Places with prisons get credit for their prison populations, but don't have to represent them. (5/7)

Eliminating prison gerrymanding in Virginia was a step toward justice and fair representation, and it’s an example of the progress we MUST defend at the ballot box this November. (7/7)