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Electoral Confusion I

Some people misunderstood my post from Friday on the role of illegal aliens in shifting electoral votes toward blue states as a result of the 2000 census. The changes in several states’ electoral votes I reported are different from the actual reapportionment figures; this is because in assessing the effect of the presence of illegals, we subtracted the estimated number of illegals from each state’s population and then recalculated what the apportionment would have been without them. For instance, we found that counting illegal aliens in the census gave California three more House seats than it would have had otherwise; since California in actual fact gained one House seat as a result of the 2000 census, that means that without the presence of illegals, California would actually have lost two seats.

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