Will Virginian ‘Prison Gerrymandering’ Tilt Rural Regions Blue?

Written by Wes Walker on January 6, 2020

Virginia has officially extended voting rights to prison inmates. Are Dems now taking advantage of that inmate population to rig elections in their favor?

It’s no secret that big cities tend to break blue, and rural regions lean red most of the time.

It also would surprise exactly nobody that prison populations generally lean blue as well.

Two other states — Maine and Vermont — also permit prisoners to vote. But they are not concentrating them into a single voting block in whichever electoral district the prison may be found in.

Virginia, on the other hand, is doing exactly that.

Virginia’s largest state prisons are in sparsely populated areas where the inmate population could exert significant influence on local government.

A former Republican member of the Virginia Board of Elections, Clara Belle Wheeler, told the Daily Caller News Foundation that could lead to the inmates running the asylum.

“It’s completely unreasonable to think it’s fair or equitable that a prison population that contributes nothing to the betterment of the locality would be allowed to vote on local issues, such as commonwealth attorneys,” she said.

In some states, felons register as Democrats more than six times as often as Republicans, a 2013 academic study published in the American Academy of Political and Social Science found. It also cited another study that found 73% of voters who turn out for presidential elections vote Democrat.

“They know that. That’s exactly why that bill’s there,” Wheeler said.
Source: DailyCaller

Is this just another cynical Democrat power-grab dressed up to look like ‘defending the civil rights’ of inmates?

Let’s just say it wouldn’t be the first time.