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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Electorial College

The electorial college of the United States, and votes allocated as ot the 2010 census. I ran the numbers a couple of times, and it was 688 both times.

Congressional Appropriation

In 1880, the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, eliminating the previous 30,000 requirement for appropriations for a seat in the House of Representatives. With a growing population, it soon became clear that the House may become packed with thousands of Representatives. The amendment permitted Congress to set a fixed number of seats, which would be redistricted following the census. The number of seats was fixed at 450 seats in 1887, with an addition seat per new state until the next census. This number only increased with the Restoration of the Union in the late 1940s and early ‘50s, with an additional 132 seats from the former Confederacy. The House now sits at 582 seats, and the Senate at 106. This brings the Electoral College count up to 688, with a Presidential candidate requiring 345 to be elected.

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