by Mary Reichard
Posted 12/14/15, 02:09 pm
You’d think the government would have this figured out by now. The law says each state legislative district must have roughly the same population as all the others. Most states follow the law this way: Based on the census, they divide the total population by the number of legislative seats allowed and draw districts equally.
But some lawmakers disagree on definitions of words such as “population.” Should that number include people who are not citizens? What about people in the United States illegally?