single-member district

noun

variants or less commonly single-member constituency
: an electoral district or constituency having a single representative in a legislative body rather than two or more
In its first case declaring multimember districts unconstitutional in 1973, the Supreme Court declared that the Texas system of electing state representatives from county multimember districts, rather than single-member districts, discriminated against African-Americans and Latinos.Al Kauffman
compare multimember district

Examples of single-member district in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hofer, who previously taught political science at the University of Houston, was one of three researchers who released a white paper in 2018 looking at the trade-offs between at-large voting systems and single-member districts. Silas Allen, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 25 Mar. 2024 Most districts across the country that have been ordered to change their school board election systems have adopted a single-member district model, in which voters elect candidates to represent their geographic areas, Levitt said. Silas Allen, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 25 Mar. 2024 Now, it is also served by five single-member district trustees and two members who are elected by voters across the entire district. Talia Richman, Dallas News, 18 Aug. 2023 The settlement agreement —announced Friday — lays out that the district will transition to five single-member districts and two at-large seats. Talia Richman, Dallas News, 18 Aug. 2023 Jail a single-member district, ensuring those incarcerated would have their own, singular representative. Time, 10 Aug. 2023 In keeping with Duverger’s Law, a single-member district, winner-take-all electoral system was always going to punish organizations that operated outside the mainstream and shrink the number of viable political parties. Ross Barkan, The New Republic, 3 Aug. 2023 Alternatively, the state urged the justices to rule that Section 2 did not apply to single-member districts, the sole method by which Americans elect their House representatives today. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 8 June 2023 Four council members are elected to represent single-member districts, and two council members and the mayor are elected at-large. Haeven Gibbons, Dallas News, 10 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of single-member district was in 1874

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“Single-member district.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/single-member%20district. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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