The Supreme Court Could Transfer A Lot Of Political Power Away From Cities

by Rachel Baker on May 31, 2015

The Supreme Court is set to hear a case that could very significantly change the outcome of elections by allowing the determining numbers for House seats and the Electoral College votes based on eligible voters vs eligible citizens.

This is an important story to keep an eye on. For better understanding, read the article below from the site fivethirtyeight.com. The women and men over there are great at explaining things in easily understood ways.

Here’s the article:The Supreme Court Could Transfer A Lot Of Political Power Away From Cities

This week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit filed by conservative activists in Texas that could redefine the principle of “one person, one vote” as we know it. And if the Court sides with the plaintiffs, Republicans could stretch their already-historic majorities in the House and state legislatures even wider — the GOP would be helped just slightly in presidential elections.

Is Congress’s job to represent people, or just voters? Currently, all states are required to redraw their political boundaries based on the Census’s official count of total population every 10 years, which includes minors and noncitizen immigrants. But the Texas plaintiffs argue that states should be allowed to apportion seats based on where only U.S. citizens over 18 years of age live.

It seems like a minor detail, but it’s actually a major distinction. The decennial Census doesn’t track citizenship data, but the Census’s American Community Survey does. And although all 435 U.S. congressional districts have roughly equal total populations, the number of eligible voters and rates of actual participation can vary wildly from place to place.

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