The States: Ten-Year Itch

The House of Representatives normally reapportions its 435 seats according to population changes reflected in each national census. And the last census established an average state population increase of 18.5%. No fewer than 25 state's face the perils of reapportionment, either because they outstripped the average and gained seats, or because they fell below the average and lost.

Some states have already reapportioned with a minimum of confusion. Arizona laid out three congressional districts 14 years ago against the day the state outgrew its present two. This year, the Arizona legislature merely...

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