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Changing from Multimember to Single-Member Districts: Partisan, Racial, and Gender Consequences

Charles S. Bullock, III and Ronald Keith Gaddie
State & Local Government Review
Vol. 25, No. 3 (Autumn, 1993), pp. 155-163
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4355069
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

The impact of change from multimember districts to single-member districts following the 1980 census is examined in five state legislative bodies. Unlike research which has reported net changes statewide, this article examines changes in election results as previously multimember districts became single-member districts. The transformation generally benefited minorities and Republicans, with both groups often gaining in the same (formerly multimember) district. The change less often resulted in additional female legislators. Delegations tended to become somewhat more bipartisan after adoption of single-member districts.

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