Redrawing the map of the states

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California, with nearly 33.9 million people, is about 69 times more populous than Alaska, with 493,782 people (according to the 2000 census).  But they each have two Senators and the smaller states get extra representation in the Electoral College.  An artist and urban planner named Neil Freeman for fun redrew the state boundaries so they would have roughly equal populations of roughly 5.7 million people.

Click on Electoral College Reform to get his thinking.

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Back in the 1970s, a geographer named C. Etzel Pearcy suggested a 38-state map.  His main argument is that each major metropolitan center should be in the middle of a state, and not divided among several states, like, for example, New York City.

Click on The Thirty-Eight States for his reasoning.

There is little hope or danger of this happening.  Under Article IV, Section 3, of the United States Constitution, no new state may be formed out of existing states without the consent of Congress and all state legislatures concerned.

Hat tip to James Fallows.

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