ap·por·tion·ment | \-shən-mənt \

Definition of apportionment 

: an act or result of apportioning especially : the apportioning of representatives or taxes among the states according to U.S. law

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Their voices in the Senate would be on par with places like Illinois and Pennsylvania, according to those 2010 apportionment figures cited at The Green Papers. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "The other reason to split up California that nobody is talking about," 17 Apr. 2018 Federal courts have long mandated that states use total population to decide federal apportionment and draw U.S. House districts. Michael Scherer, Washington Post, "Potential citizenship question in 2020 Census could shift power to rural America," 24 Jan. 2018 That makes the apportionment of liability even more contentious, with defendants blaming one another. Evan Macdonald,, "No one harmed in 13-hour standoff in Geauga County, police say," 6 Mar. 2018 There's one presidential elector for every 189,433 of them, according to that 2010 apportionment. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "The other reason to split up California that nobody is talking about," 17 Apr. 2018 Census tallies are used to determine representation and distribution of resources, including the number of seats in the US House, number of electoral college votes, and apportionment of hundreds of billions of federal dollars. John Wagner,, "Group led by former attorney general sues to keep citizenship question off US Census," 11 Apr. 2018 At issue are federal dollars divvied up by population data and the once-a-decade apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives based on population. John Myers,, "Essential Politics: A backlash to the California 'resistance,' even as the fight continues," 28 Mar. 2018 Note: state populations used to determine apportionment include overseas federal employees and their families assigned to their home states. Rich Exner,, "Ohio among northern states to lose another U.S. House seat after next census - Out of Line: Impact 2017 and Beyond," 23 Jan. 2018 By ensuring that each representative is subject to requests and suggestions from the same number of constituents, total population apportionment promotes equitable and effective representation. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Fact-checking claims about Trump’s citizenship question in the census," 29 Mar. 2018

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1579, in the meaning defined above

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