3.20 - Elections and Congress Apportionment is assigning...

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Elections and Congress Apportionment is assigning the number of seats in the house of congress and state legislatures 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 shifts o 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 o If a state decreases population it loses seats Since the number of congressional districts is fixed, the problem then becomes how to draw district lines within a state o After a reapportionment the district lines within a state has to be redrawn. Called “redistricting”/ state legislative bodies are in charge or redrawing district lines There were three problems with congressional districts. Two of which have been resolved, but not the third. o
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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.

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3.20 - Elections and Congress Apportionment is assigning...

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