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Scott Angell GOVT 2306 10 th June 2018 Reflective Writing: Texas Legislative Branch, Redistricting, Campaigns and Elections under Federalism Prompt: In your own opinion, is re-redistricting, before the decennial census, a crime, based on statutory and constitutional law? Or, given the nature and number of state level elections, across a wide geography made up of an extremely demographically heterogenous population, make it democratically necessary that re-mapping between census’s be a reserved power of the states, in order to maximize representative democracy. How could the remapping of Texas be applied to example and explain the state's Don't Mess With Texas, age old attitude, and individualistic political culture. The prompt above provides a wide range of beliefs and views of what is right and wrong in regards to these issues from person to person. Prior to jumping into the question, it is necessary to have a true understanding of all the issues touched on above. First and foremost, it is necessary to point out that the United States has a very convoluted government set up. There are the three branches of government; legislative, executive and judicial. The legislative branch is divided into the House of Representatives and the Senate. Both the representatives for the house and the senate must be elected through a voting process. These three branches are classified as the federal government. At the state level, there are elections for the Governor of each state, as well as the legislature for every state. There are also local level elections for counties, cities, townships, etc. The decennial census is a census taken every 10 years that records the population of the country at a national, state and local level. The census is key to politics as after every census, redistricting tends to occur. Redistricting is the process of state

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