Davidson v. City of Cranston - A court case that The ACLU of Rhode Island is currently involved in.


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Davidson v. City of Cranston (2014)

Category: Voting Rights    

This is a federal lawsuit challenging the redistricting plan adopted by the City of Cranston in 2012 for its City Counciland School Committee.  The lawsuit charges that the redistricting plan violates the one person, one vote principle of the U.S. Constitution by counting incarcerated people in their prison location as if they were all residents of Cranston. Because those incarcerated were counted as Cranston residents, three voters in the prison's district have as much voting power as four voters in every other city district.

In May 2016, a federal judge agreed with the ACLU and ordered the City of Cranston to redraw their voting lines within 30 days. In September 2016, a federal appeals court disagreed.

RELATED: The ACLU's Washington Legislative Office submitted comments to the Census Bureau on the 2020 Census Residence Rule supporting the counting of incarcerated people at their home address. The comments cite our lawsuit here in Rhode Island as well the ACLU's work in other states. 

Related Documents
Related News Releases
  • Sep 21, 2016 - Statement in Response to Federal Appeals Court Decision In Cranston “Prison Gerrymandering” Case
  • May 24, 2016 - Federal Judge Orders End to “Prison Gerrymandering” in Cranston School and City Council Districts
  • Sep 08, 2014 - Significant Victory in Fight to End Prison Gerrymandering: Cranston Lawsuit Will Move Forward
  • Feb 19, 2014 - Residents Sue City of Cranston over Redistricting Plan that Counts Incarcerated People as Residents