Chapter 10 - Elections and Congress Apportionment is...

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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 o The process of adjusting the number of house seats among the states to reflect population shifts. Since 1910, the number of seats has been permanently set at 435, hence no new seats can be added, and thus seats have to be reallocated. If a state decreases in population, it loses seats in the house 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 have to be redrawn. Called “redistricting”. State legislative bodies are in charge if redrawing district lines. o There were three main problems with congressional districts. Two of which have been resolves, but not the third. 1.
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