Court tosses lawsuit over size of House

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Published: December 14,2010

Tags: Congress, courts, elections, House of Representatives

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal that calls for greatly increasing the House of Representatives to reduce discrepancies in the population of congressional districts from one state to another.

The justices yesterday ordered a lower federal court to dismiss a lawsuit from Mississippi. The suit said House districts vary widely in population, in violation of the principle of “one-man,one-vote.”

Doubling or even quadrupling the size of the House from its current 435 representatives would make it easier to draw more evenly populated districts, the lawsuit said.

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