Rapport Du Comite Consultatif; Report of the Advisory Committee Volume 113
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...This is In substance the statement of the duty of the officers charged with the duty of forming representative districts and dividing among them the representatives set out in Opinion of Justices, 10 Gray, 613, 619. If each board of officers in each of the counties follows this plain rule of the Constitution, then there will be secured to every voter throughout the state that equality of Influence in shaping legislation which it is the Indubitable design of the Constitution to maintain. It Is not every inequality between the several representative districts which will be fatal in a constitutional sense. It Is inevitable that there must be in the several districts some variation from the unit of representation found by dividing the legal voters of the county by the number of representatives apportioned to that county. These variations may be augmented where there are numerous towns and cities with different numbers of wards and of legal voters. The difficulties may be considerable. There is abundant room for the exercise of reason and Judgment in the formation of the districts and in the disposition to be made of the excess or deficiency of the number of voters as compared with the unit of representation or ratio between voters and representatives, which unavoidably must be found even with the most conscientious efforts. Many questions may arise which cannot be solved by computation and which may require the exercise of a high degree of sagacity. A wide discretion must of necessity be exercised by the commissioners. Doubtless some apparent inequalities, not amounting to a gross disparity, might be explained by reference to the complexities arising from town and ward lines and the different numbers of legal voters found in each. Not every...
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