The Supreme Court: Slide Rule for Legislators

Since the Supreme Court began handing down its series of one-man, one-vote decisions, it has insisted that the ideal must be approached " as nearly as practicable."How near is that? At first some politicians and lawyers figured that a population difference of 15% or so between the largest and smallest districts in a state would prove satisfactory. Last week, however, the court made it clear that even far smaller variations may be unacceptable. So strict was the standard applied by he court that it may eventually necessitate reapportioning the districts of virtually every...

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