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What PR super districts might look like

This map is an example of how full representation voting systems -- such as choice voting, one-vote voting and cumulative voting can be vehicles for providing fair representation for black and Latino voters.  Existing U.S. House districts, numbered 1 through 20, have been combined into four larger "super districts", A, B, C, and D. The voting-age-populations (VAP) and black share of these populations are shown below.  The percentage of votes necessary to win is based on use of a full representation voting system.

In 1967,Congress passed a law requiring states to use one-seat U.S. House districts. This year, Congressman Mel Watt has introduced a bill called the States' Choice of Voting Systems Act (HR 1173) which would lift this requirement.  Similar super-district plans could be used for local and state redistricting plans in 2001-2.

District  A 9 seats
Population:  5,431,437
Population per seat: 603,493
Winning Percentage: 10%
Black % of VAP: 23%  (2 seats)
Latino % of VAP 12%  (1 seat)
District  B 5 seats
Population: 2,873,027
Population per seat: 574,605
Winning Percentage: 16.7%
Non-white % of VAP 12%
District C 3 seats
Population: 1,773,421
Population per seat: 591,140
Winning Percentage: 25%
Non-white % of VAP   7%
District D 3 seats
Population: 1,715,484
Population per seat: 571,828
Winning Percentage: 25%
Non-white % of VAP   8%

For more information, contact:

The Center for Voting and Democracy

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