The Cube-Root and Wyoming rules are commonly suggested as viable formulas for determining the size of our House of Representatives. However, neither proposal would enlarge the House sufficiently to produce any noticeable benefits.
Having a House of Representatives that is far too small poses a big danger to our republic, but what size would best restore representative government to the American people? The founders provided us with the answer.
The New York Times identifies some of the problems resulting from the House of Representatives being “far too small”. Unfortunately, their preferred solutions would fail to solve those problems.
Based on data provided by the Census Bureau, the 2020 population census appears to have been heavily biased to advantage one political party over the other. As it turns out, having too small of a House of Representatives creates a powerful incentive for some states to game the census process.
Another inequity resulting from having too few Representatives is that relatively small population miscounts produce inordinately inequitable misallocations of representation.