Legislative Apportionment

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New U.S. Census and Reapportionment

Reapportionment and the 1952 Election

Questions of representation in law-making bodies will be raised anew by results of the census of the United States to be taken in 1950. Shifts of population disclosed by the count of heads will affect representation both in Congress and in state legislatures, as well as the distribution of votes in the electoral college. Other questions of representation are emerging in connection with projects for world government. Here the problem concerns not only equitable representation by geographic areas or numbers of inhabitants but also the varying degrees of experience with representative government.1 The extent to which the United States, as the largest nation with a representative form of government, achieves fair representation in its national and ...

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