Washington

The U.S. Census Bureau counts incarcerated people where they are confined not where they are from. Using these counts to draw state and county legislative districts enhances the weight of a vote cast by people who live near prisons at the expense of everyone else in the state or county.

Legislation

This session:

  • SB 5287, sponsored by Senators Darneille and Hunt, introduced on January 17, 2019. Passed the Senate on March 11,2019, and the House April 16 2019. Because the bill was amended in the House, it now proceeds back to the Senate for concurrence.

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