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Unformatted text preview: Elections and Congress Thursday, March 20, 2008 10:24 AM Apportionment is assigning the number of seats in the house of congress and state legislature or how many state and legislative districts a state will have Every ten years a census is taken. After the census a reapportionment is conducted: the process of adjusting the number of house seats among the states to reflect population shift Since 1910 the number of seats has been permanently set at 435, hence no new seats can be added thus the existing seats have to be reallocated If a state decreases in population it loses seats and vice versa (in comparison to the other states) Since the # of congressional district is fixed, the problem then becomes how to draw district lines within a state After a reapportionment the district lines within a state has to be redrawn. Called "redistricting". State legislative bodies are in charge of redrawing district lines"redistricting"....
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course ISS 225 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '07 term at Michigan State University.
- Spring '07