Represenation in Congress

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  1. Salty

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    Currently, the Constitution allows for a certain number of Congressman per State or Commonwealth based on population.

    When I resided in the State of West Virginia, there were 4 Congressman and of course 2 Senators. All six were Democrats. In essence the Republicans had no representation.

    Suppose, representation was based on political representation. Under this plan, a small party, such as the Constitution Party, may actually have the opportunity to have a seat in Congress.

    Suppose, we raise the House to 500 members (remember, the Constitution originally called for 1 rep per 30,000 residents). Also change the law so only registered voters would be counted.

    Lets assume now there are 100 million registered voters - divided by 500 members = 1 rep per 200,000 voters.

    So any political party that had 200,000 voters basically would be guaranteed at least 1 seat in Congress.

    Thoughts?

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    There are governments where the legislature is made up of many parties. The number of representatives is determined by the percentage of the total vote a particular party receives. So, if the Constitution Party received 5% of the votes they would have 5% of the representatives. There you are voting more for the party than for a particular person. At least that is my understanding.
     
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    So do you think this is a good ideal?
     
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    Which side of this question do you want me to argue. I can see benefits and problems either way. For instance, do we want umteen parties like we see in Italy and some other countries. Also, we probably would have to move to a parlimentary form of government to make it work. Again, I can see advantages and disadvantages either way. I have been thinking this issue over for a number of years and have not come down firmly on either side as of yet.
     

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