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Edited by: Deborah Kalb

In: Guide to U.S. Elections 7th Edition

Chapter 22: Reapportionment and Redistricting

Edited by: Deborah Kalb


Subject: Elections

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Reapportionment and Redistricting
Reapportionment and redistricting

Reapportionment, the redistribution of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives among the states to reflect shifts in population, and redistricting, the redrawing of congressional district boundaries for the House within the states, are among the most important and contentious processes in the U.S. political system. They help determine whether Democrats or Republicans, or liberals or conservatives, will dominate the House and whether districts will be drawn to favor ...

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