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APPORTIONMENT Example: Suppose a country consists of five states (North, South, East, West and Central) and representation in the National Assembly should be in proportion to each state’s population. The latest census figures are: North 9279 South 7217 East 5155 West 3093 Central 2062 Total 26,806 If there are 26 seats in the Assembly, how should they be apportioned among the five states? Solution: Let’s start by dividing the total population by the number of seats: . 1031 26 26806 = This tells us how many citizens each member of the National Assembly represents and is called the standard divisor. Standard Divisor = seats of number total population total The number of seats each state is

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entitled to, called its quota , is the state’s population divided by the standard divisor . State’s quota = divisor dard s population s state tan ' North’s quota is 9 1031 9279 = South’s quota is 7 1031 7217 = East’s quota is 5 1031 5155 = West’s quota is 3 1031 3093 = Central’s quota is 2 1031 2062 = What do you think is atypical about the previous problem? Example: Suppose a later census is taken and the following population figures are revealed.
North 9061 South 7179 East 5259 West 3319 Central 1182 Total 26,000 How should the 26 seats be apportioned among the 5

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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course MGF 1107 taught by Professor Storfer during the Spring '08 term at FIU.

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