MINNEAPOLIS—in the US legislative elections this fall, according to a report on Thursday.
A study by WalletHub calculated the ratio between elected representatives in the federal government to the current population of each state.
Minnesota has the highest voting power — 3.64 — for House elections this fall, according to the study:
5. — North Carolina: 3.39
Why is the right to vote not evenly distributed in the county? The answer: Not all votes are created equal in the United States system of government.
California’s population is about seven times that of Minnesota and about 68 times that of Wyoming.
However, each state is allocated the same number of seats in the US Senate.
And even though the House of Representatives distributes its seats according to population, the votes of each state are still not equal there either.
By law, the United States House of Representatives cannot have more than 435 members, and each state must have at least one seat, regardless of its population.
These seats are distributed among the population of the 50 states, and each state creates its own district boundaries.
As a result, each representative’s district may vary in population size. Rep. Michelle Fischbach of Minnesota represents about 667,000 people, while Nancy Pelosi of California represents about 718,000 people.
“Ratios for individual states vary widely, primarily due to the fixed size of the House and the Constitution’s requirement that each state, regardless of population, have at least one representative“, noted Pew Research in 2018.
“Montana’s 1,050,493 people have only one member of the House; Rhode Island has slightly more people (1,059,639), but that’s enough to give it two representatives – one for every 529,820 people. of Rhode Island.”
Those numbers changed in the 2020 census, greatly benefiting Minnesota’s power in the U.S. House.