Supreme Court rules Maryland can count inmates at their home addresses

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Plaintiffs in the lawsuit also questioned the state’s authority to augment federal census counts and argued that the new law could cause the state to ignore inmates who are homeless or don’t have a documented previous address in the state.

“Once you give states the right to say who will and will not count, it’s a very dangerous precedent,” Mr. Cabrera said. “To me, that’s giving states too much leeway.”

An official with the Maryland Department of Planning said inmates who were homeless or lacked a previous address were not disregarded in the most recent redistricting but were counted as living at the prison facility.
According to state law, convicted felons are not allowed to vote while in prison but most can have their voting rights reinstated after completing imprisonment, parole and probation.

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