Essay on The Apportionment Problem

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The Apportionment Problem Module 5 Assignment 1 Bobbi Brooks Argosy University, Seattle For this assignment, I needed to find out how many representatives are going to be assigned to each of the 10 states in the newly democratic nations. The first step was to add all of the state’s populations together. The total population is 532,188. The next step was to divide each individual states population by the total population to see how many seats that each state should receive for representation. After I have a percentage, I give a representative for each whole number. Once I add up the whole numbers, I have 95 out of my 100 seats spoken for. The remaining seats need to be assigned out by the highest fractional value of each…show more content…
Per our conversation in class, we are only doing a comparison between 2 states. I am comparing between state 1 and state 2. To come up with the unfairness, I need to come up with the average of constituents. State 1 – 5,158 State 2 – 5092 I now divide the population and divide it by the number of representatives per state State 1 – 5158 / 3 = 1,719 people per representative State 2 – 5092 / 7 = 728 people per representative Now I take the larger number and minus the smaller number 1719 – 728 = 991 Now I take the difference and divide it by the smaller number 991 / 728 = 1.36 The unfairness to State 1 is 1.36% Explain how changes in state boundaries or populations could affect the balance of representation in this congress. Provide an example using the results above. If the population fluctuates, it changes the unfairness level as well as the amount of people that are being represented by the representative. If State 1’s population decreases, there are less people for the
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