ap·​por·​tion·​ment | \ ə-ˈpȯr-shən-mənt How to pronounce apportionment (audio) \

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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the apportionment of the estate will happen this Friday

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Cities including Coronado, Lemon Grove, Imperial Beach, National City and Solana Beach unsuccessfully pushed for a more equitable apportionment of the nearly 172,000 units the region will be expected to build between 2021-29 under a state mandate. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SANDAG board moves forward with formula used to set housing quotas," 6 Sep. 2019 Each state’s apportionment is the sum of its House and Senate delegates. Jay Cost, National Review, "Chris Hayes and Progressives’ Lack of Respect for the Constitution," 3 Sep. 2019 Discussions about changing apportionment criteria are not new. Washington Post, "The census citizenship question failed. But Alabama is seeking to exclude undocumented immigrants in apportioning congressional seats.," 15 Aug. 2019 Barr said that the question of citizenship could become relevant to congressional apportionment. Fin Gomez, Sara Cook, Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Trump abandons effort to include citizenship question on census," 12 July 2019 But apportionment of congressional seats has always been based on a state's total population, not just on the number of citizens. NBC News, "Fact check: Trump's claims about the citizenship question on the census," 5 July 2019 But what about the fact that in the 1960s the Court decided to restructure the apportionment of virtually every state by requiring population equality among districts, one-person, one-vote? Guy-uriel E. Charles, Time, "SCOTUS's Ruling on Gerrymandering Endangers US Democracy," 11 July 2019 An undercount could have far-reaching consequences for the disbursement of federal money, including for social services like Medicaid and food assistance, as well as for congressional apportionment., "Supreme Court rejection of census citizenship question cheered by Portland, Multnomah County officials," 27 June 2019 Even without these larger changes, a citizenship question that deters some immigrants from participating in the census could affect congressional apportionment. Emily Badger, New York Times, "People Who Can’t Vote Still Count Politically in America. What if That Changes?," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of apportionment

1579, in the meaning defined above

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