(redirected from malapportionment)


Characterized by an inappropriate or unfair proportional distribution of representatives to a legislative body.

mal′ap·por′tion·ment n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


unfairly apportioned, esp within a legislative body
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˌmæl əˈpɔr ʃənd, -ˈpoʊr-)

(of a legislative district or body) poorly or unfairly apportioned.
mal`ap•por′tion•ment, n.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Green, Illinois voters brought a malapportionment suit challenging a state districting plan that was relied upon by the state assembly in an unmodified manner since it was passed in 1900.
He shows that it would dramatically change constitutional law by eliminating the application of equal protection to the federal government, ending constitutional protection against gender discrimination, allowing state-mandated racial segregation, ending the application of the Bill of Rights to the states, permitting poll taxes and malapportionment, and allowing official state churches.
* Katha Pollitt is right in her August 16/23 "Subject to Debate" column that small states have more electoral votes than they "should" according to a strict population count, owing to the constitutional malapportionment of the Senate.
The 1872 act added the requirement of "nearly equal population" to deal with the malapportionment problem, (that is, the process of creating districts with unequal populations).
In the 1960's the Supreme Court held that malapportionment driven by racially discriminatory schemes was unconstitutional.
(111) Attorney-General (Cth) ex rel McKinlay v Commonwealth (112) dealt with malapportionment in the House of Representatives and rejected the argument that equality of voting power required electorates to consist of an equal number of votes.
From 1965-68, Smith served as chairman of the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, which revised and redrafted Florida's Constitution and brought an end to the "Pork Chop Gang," a group of powerful rural Florida legislators who, for years, controlled state government by malapportionment.
186, 190 (1962) (holding that state legislative malapportionment was a justiciable question, and thus reversing its holding in Colegrove v.
Second, important court decisions ended decades (in some cases) of extreme malapportionment and gave densely populated poorer districts more power, which may have contributed to welfare expansion.
Far from discrediting the criticism, however, Anderson and Fienberg provide compelling evidence that both the computer error and the adjustment model itself produced numbers that would have led to a malapportionment of House seats.