The US House of Representatives will look a little different next year after another decimal census. Republican states such as Texas and Florida will win seats, while Democratic states such as New York and California will lose seats.
The composition of the lower house, comparable to the lower house of the Netherlands, is determined on the basis of the population of each state. Texas, for example, now has 36 delegates, which is 38. In total there are 435 seats to be allocated. Seat allocation is recalculated every ten years after the census is conducted.
Currently, the Democrats have a small majority in the House of Representatives of six seats. With the new partition, that majority will disappear: the republican states get three net seats, and the democratic countries lose another three.
Next year’s election
Whether the Democrats really lose their majority depends on the election in November: These elections Mid term A new president will not be elected, but a new parliament will be elected.
Unlike the presidential elections, there are none in the House of Representatives elections Winner wins everythingA system in which one party wins the entire country. One deputy is elected to each electoral district in each state. This means that a country with a majority of Republicans can have Democratic delegates in part, and vice versa.
The census showed that the population of the United States had grown by 7.4 percent to 331 million. This is the smallest increase in ten years since 1930. The largest growth was in Utah, where the population increased by 18 percent. Only in West Virginia did the population shrink by 3.2%.