A federal appeals court has agreed to put on hold a judge's order that a Rhode Island city redraw its voting boundary lines.
The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston agreed to stay a federal judge's finding that Cranston's 2012 redistricting plan violated the one-person-one-vote premise by counting about 3,400 inmates.
The judge ruled that including the prisoners diluted the voting strength and political influence of residents in other wards. He ordered the city to redraw its district by June 20.
The city appealed that ruling, arguing it would cause disruption in this candidates' declaration period.
The original lawsuit was brought by the state American Civil Liberties Union. Officials from the organization say they're disappointed the stay has been issued.