Politics (2)

The Effect of Redistricting

Every ten years the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a new census, a process required under the Constitution which involves surveying every household in the country to obtain updated population figures. Accurate data is important for numerous reasons, most notably for ensuring proper apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to the Constitution, every Representative must represent a roughly-equal number of constituents. As populations grow, die, or move…

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On Gerrymandering

According to the U.S. Constitution, congressional districts are supposed to provide proportional representation. Practically speaking, that means that districts should be contiguous, contain roughly the same number of inhabitants, and (based on the Voting Rights Act of 1965) roughly the same racial makeup. State legislative districts are also drawn to similar standards. State Legislatures redraw district boundaries every 10 years (after the census) to relect population changes. But due to the partisan…

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