Just for fun, some charts showing the representation of American citizens at various levels of the federal government. The top chart, showing thousands of persons (as of 2006) per Senator isn’t news; it’s simply the states arranged in population order and everyone knows the Senate rips off people in favor of representing, uh, rocks. No, not even that, because Wyoming rocks are better represented than California rocks. Okay, there is in fact no rational justification for the Senate at all.

Moving on; the second chart, showing thousands of persons (as of 2006) per Congressman, is sometimes a bit more surprising—it’s a lot smoother, but not perfectly smooth. That’s because the formula for apportioning Congressmen is imperfect.

So the third chart, showing thousands of persons (as of 2006) per presidential elector, is different still.


I feel there should be a little, “The More You Know” thing here.

Ah, thank you, internets.