Nevada and Washington have joined the list of states opting to count state prisoners at their former homes rather than where they are imprisoned.
Those states now join four others — California, Delaware, Maryland and New York — that have voted to make the change, which largely would shift political power away from conservative rural areas to more liberal cities during legislative redistricting.
Some prison-hosting communities oppose the idea, arguing that they deserve more representation for housing prisoners. Former New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie said the change “smacks of political opportunism.”
Bills are still pending in Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.