The Adirondack Daily Enterprise has been looking at Census figures the last couple of days, trying to sort out how those numbers could affect redistricting.
They note that the new rules involving how inmates are counted could reshape Sen. Betty Little’s district. Without the roughly 11,000 state prisoners in her senate district, the population drops to just 294,929.
The ideal number is 312,550. This from Nate Brown’s report:
Betty Little’s state Senate district and, to a lesser degree, Janet Duprey’s Assembly district are going to be on the small side now that prisoners aren’t being counted anymore. Little’s six-county 45th Senate District might have to grow…
The method for counting prison inmates has been controversial for years. Most Democrats think they should be tallied in the downstate districts where most prisoners come from.
Republicans have argued that inmates should be counted where they reside, even if they can’t vote and only use public services provided by the Department of Correctional Services.