In addition to being ineffective relative to mitigating inequitable electoral disparities, the Wyoming Rule is poorly reasoned in its conception
The Wyoming Rule asserts that our total number of Representatives should be determined by dividing the nation’s total apportionment population by the total population of our least populous state. Applying this simple formula to the 2020 apportionment population results in a total of 573 Representatives.1This is calculated by dividing the total apportionment population by Wyoming’s population as follows: 331,108,434 ÷ 577,719 = 573.13 → rounds to 573 Representatives.
In addition, inherent in the Wyoming Rule is a peculiarity that makes it unsuitable as a guiding principle. It is, in effect, the smallest-state rule, wherein the population size of the smallest state is divided into the total population to determine the total number of Representatives. As illustrated in the chart below, determining the number of Representatives based on this principle would result in absurdly fluctuating House sizes over time.
From 1900 to 1960, this algorithm could have been called the Nevada Rule, if named for the least populous state. In 1970, that distinction passed to Wyoming thanks to the success of Nevada’s luxury casino resorts during the ’60s. And even during Wyoming’s smallest-state reign, the total number of Representatives would have fluctuated over time. Clearly, basing the size of the House on the smallest state’s population would be neither a sound nor enduring principle.
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Our version emphasizes the fact that the very first constitutional amendment proposed by congress, Article the first, was intended to ensure that the number of Representatives would forever increase along with the total population. Implementing this proposal will result in citizen equality (ÆQUALITAS CIVILIS) relative to the people’s political power. This equality, as well as the other benefits resulting from smaller electoral districts, will ensure true representation (REPRÆSENTATIO VERA) in the federal House. Hence, ÆQUALITAS CIVILIS = REPRÆSENTATIO VERA.
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Not only was George Washington the “indispensable man” relative to the founding of our nation, but he also played a key role in the drama surrounding the size of the House of Representatives. September 17, 1787, was the final day of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Two days earlier the convention unanimously agreed to the text of the Constitution and, having since been engrossed on the parchment, it was now ready to be signed by all the delegates. Despite that, an urgent proposal had just been made by one of the those delegates relative to the clause declaring that “the number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every forty thousand…”. The proposal was that “forty thousand” be reduced to “thirty thousand” in hopes of lessening the objections to the constitution they were proposing to the states. Said motion having been seconded by others present, George Washington rose to address this question. Though he had been the President of the convention, this was the first time he addressed the assembly on a substantive matter.
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