SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
by Keith Orejel
The recent Census results and ensuing reapportionment are part of a decades-old process initiated by New Deal and World War II era policies that encouraged economic development in the South and reshaped American demographics and political economy.
Legislation passed in 1929 sets a cap on the size of the US House of Representatives, making the decennial census a high-stakes battle for precious seats. Expanding the House would make it more democratic and avoid taking existing seats away.
SOURCE: Data & Society
In 1929, Congress adopted a formula for apportionment based on the Census. While made political disputes a matter of law, it also capped the size of the House, which has not kept up with population growth and contributed to the disproportionate influence of small states in the House and the Electoral College.
by Kevin M. Kruse
Abolishing the Electoral College isn't a radical idea. It had bipartisan support in the 1960s as a reform consistent with the Supreme Court's rulings that established "one person, one vote" as the core principle of representation in a constitutional democracy.
SOURCE: Census Stories
by Dan Bouk
The story of the 1920 census shows how difficult it can be to disentangle the methodology of the Census from the political impact of the results.
If approved, the request could throw a wrench into redistricting plans in many states.
SOURCE: Washington Post
by Brendan A. Shanahan
Even without a citizenship question, the Trump administration wants to shape how states reapportion their legislatures.
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