Inadequate Reoresebtation
  Keith Broaders
 
The population of Colony of Virginia in 1619 was approximately 2,400 and the people were had 22 representatives in the House of Burgesses and today Virginia has a total of 11 Congressmen and women. They had one representative for every 109 people living in the state of Virginia.

When the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, Virginia had a population just under 600,000 are were represented by 126 elected officials or one representative for every 4,722 people.

When the Constitution was signed in 1787, Virginia had a population of about 753,000 and were still bding served by 126 representatives in their state assembly. Today, Virginia has a populution of 8 million and has only 100 representatives.

As the population of a state increases, more and more of the political power is transferred from the people to the elected representatives. While this is taking place those we have elected to serve us become our masters and we become their servants.

When the people are adequately represented the rights of the people are secure, but when there are a relatively small number of representatives the rights of the people can easily be abused.

In 1854 California froze the number of seats in the state assembly at 80. The population at that time was about 400,000 and today we have a population of nearly 40 million and we still have only 80 representatives.

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