Ch_4_Notes_Alabama_Paradox

Ch_4_Notes_Alabama_Paradox - Hamiltons Method seems simple...

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Unformatted text preview: Hamiltons Method seems simple enough, problems can occur when this method is used repeatedly and changes are made. These problems do not occur often, Changes in: # of states # of seats population when they do, they create controversies about the fairness of the re-apportionment Throughout American history, the number of seats in the House of Representatives has increased. Suppose that one year a new census had not been taken, but Congress decides to ADD a seat to the House of Representatives. With the population unchanged, a re-apportionment is done. What do you think would happen? One state would gain a seat and the other states would remain the same. I t would make sense that adding a seat would result in one state gaining a seat and all other states keeping the number of seats they already have. Most of the time this occurs, sometimes the unexpected happens. 1882 Congress was debating different apportionment bills Total Seats Alabamas Seats 299 300 8 7 Texas and I llinois would...
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2008 for the course MATH 110 taught by Professor Pietro during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Fredonia.

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Ch_4_Notes_Alabama_Paradox - Hamiltons Method seems simple...

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