Apportionment in California
  Keith Broaders

Forty Five of the fifty state assemblies have one representative for less than 100,000 people. While New Hampshire has 400 assemblymen, California has only 80. Even though California has 30 times as many people, New Hampshire has five times as many representatives in their state assemblies.

The larger the assembly district the more expensive it is to run for office. The average winner of a seat in the California Assembly spent over $700,000 to get elected, In most states it costs less than $50,000 to run for office.

To re-apportion our state legislature, two thirds of the senators and two thirds of the assemblymen and women most vote on a Constitutional amendment. Then the voters of the state would need to vote on the proposed amendment. If the state legislators refuse to fix the problem, it will be up to the people to amendment the Constitution through a ballot initiative.
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