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Prison-based Gerrymandering

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The 2010 census numbers will become available in February and later redistricting for 2011 will begin. The basic idea behind our system of democracy is that equal numbers of people should have equal influence over the legislative process. After each census legislators reshape districts to equalize the populations in each district. But all to often, legislators manipulate the line drawing process for partisan advantage. Gerrymandering might be the best way to steal an election short of outright fraud. Prison-based gerrymandering operates subtlety behind closed doors making mobilizing people for reform challenging. It's almost the perfect crime. A legislator gets extra influence without having to be accountable to more constituents and the data says the district is legit. Tune it to find out how a man won a city council seat in the Second Ward in Anamosa, Iowa with only two votes being cast.