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  •  How did you do the electoral college? (1+ / 0-)
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    Sylv

    We still have 50 states, since W. VA was totally absorbed, but all the other states lose electoral votes, so their totals all have to change.... and does Ohio gain a vote when it absorbs Eire, PA area?

    •  I plugged the apportionment populations into (3+ / 0-)
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      Denver11, Sylv, jncca

      a spreadsheet I have which applies the formula that the electoral college/house districts use. So many states did lose electoral votes, in the most current round it's Alabama -1, Georgia -2, Kentucky -1, Maryland the same, North Carolina -1, Ohio loses 1 to Appalachia but gains one from Pennsylvania to cancel it out, Pennsylvania loses the most at -8, South Carolina -2, Tennessee -4, and Virginia -2. West Virginia goes from 5 electoral votes to 26 when it becomes Appalachia.

      The numbers of course were different in different census years, with random other states occasionally losing or gaining one electoral vote since apportionment tries to keep the overall population per district deviations low among all 435, rather than just assigning districts based on an average.

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