FL = 18,801,310 people

That’s a rise of 17.6 percent from the 2000 census, and we will be adding two members of the US House of Representatives for a total of 27. In electoral votes, Florida will have 29, as we add the two senators to the members of the US House to get our votes for president.

It’s this sort of trick that short-changes the populous states when it comes to electing the president. In Florida it takes 648,321 people to represent one of the state’s 29 electoral votes, while Wyoming with a total population of 583,626 gets three electoral votes — two senators and one US representative —  or each electoral vote representing 194,542 people. Don’t ask your blogger to defend this travesty of one person, one vote.

When will reapportionment happen? Misery sets in as we realize the massive Republican majority in the Florida legislature, backed up the the Republican governor, may take until the late summer of 2012 to lay out the new lines of congressional districts and state legislative districts. In other words, incumbents (the vast majority are Republicans) will appear even more invulnerable when potential Democratic challengers don’t know district layouts until a few months before the 2012 election. For details, read Kenneth Quinnell’s analysis on the Florida Progressive Coalition blog.

The silver lining of that cloud may be that the Republicans also won’t know the lines.

With total US population almost 310 million, each member of the US House represents on average 710,767 people. No wonder their offices need squads of interns to answer the phone.

Another tidbit. A century ago when Florida didn’t yet have a million people, the state had four members of the US House.

Check it out at 2010.census.gov.

UPDATE: And when will the state legislative districts be redrawn? Hard to say, but for starters, the detailed data on local population changes are not yet available. The deadline to supply that is April 1. Check it out http://www.census.gov/rdo/pdf/StrengthInNumbers2010.pdf

That file takes a while to open.


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