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General ticket representation is a term used to describe a particular method of electing members of a multi-member state delegation to the United States House of Representatives. States using this method elected their entire delegation in a state-wide manner, either on a single ballot (by means of bloc voting) or on separate ballots for each seat, but always allowing every voter in the state to vote for a candidate for each seat. It was a system used frequently until restricted by the 1842 Apportionment Bill and subsequent legislation, most recently in 1967 (Public Law 90-196, 2 U.S.C. § 2c). After 1842 it was used only occasionally when permitted for states with small delegations or in the years immediately following their admission to the union.

While the framers of the United States Constitution probably intended members of the House of Representatives to be elected from geographically defined single member districts, the Constitution did not so specify. For convenience or in order to assure majority control, many states adopted general ticket representation. In doing so it ensured that a group that might be a majority in only a portion of the state would be always out voted by the larger majority throughout the state.

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General ticket usage

This is a table of every instance of the use of the general ticket in the United States Congress

Congress State &
Number of Representatives
1st CT (5), NJ (4), NH (3), PA (8)
2nd CT (5), NJ (4), NH (3)
3rd CT (7), GA (2), NJ (5), NH (4), PA (13), RI (2)
4th CT (7), GA (2), NJ (5), NH (4), RI (2)
5th CT (7), GA (2), NJ (5), NH (4), RI (2)
6th CT (7), GA (2), NH (4), RI (2)
7th CT (7), GA (2), NJ (5), NH (4), RI (2)
8th CT (7), GA (4), NJ (6), NH (5), RI (2), TN (3)
9th CT (7), GA (4), NJ (6), NH (5), RI (2)
10th CT (7), GA (4), NJ (6), NH (5), RI (2)
11th CT (7), GA (4), NJ (6), NH (5), RI (2)
12th CT (7), GA (4), NJ (6), NH (5), RI (2)
13th CT (7), DE (2), GA (6), NH (6), RI (2), VT (6)
14th CT (7), DE (2), GA (6), NJ (6), NH (6), RI (2), VT (6)
15th CT (7), DE (2), GA (6), NJ (6), NH (6), RI (2), VT (6)
16th CT (7), DE (2), GA (6), NJ (6), NH (6), RI (2), VT (6)
17th CT (7), DE (2), GA (6), NJ (6), NH (6), RI (2)
18th CT (6), GA (7), NJ (6), NH (6), RI (2), VT (5)
19th CT (6), GA (7), NJ (6), NH (6), RI (2)
20th CT (6), NJ (6), NH (6), RI (2)
21st CT (6), GA (7), NJ (6), NH (6), RI (2)
22nd CT (6), GA (7), NJ (6), NH (6), RI (2)
23rd CT (6), GA (9), MO (2), MS (2), NJ (6), NH (5), RI (2)
24th CT (6), GA (9), MO (2), MS (2), NJ (6), NH (5), RI (2)
25th NH (5), GA (9), MO (2), MS (2), NJ (6), RI (2)
26th NH (5), GA (9), MO (2), MS (2), NJ (6), RI (2)
27th AL (5), GA (9), MO (2), MS (2), NH (5), NJ (6), RI (2)
28th NH (4), GA (8), MO (5), MS (4)
29th IA (2), NH (4), MO (5), MS (4)
30th WI (2)
31st CA (2)
32nd CA (2)
33rd CA (2)
34th CA (2)
35th CA (2), MN (2)
36th CA (2), MN (2)
37th CA (3), MN (2)
38th CA (3)
43rd Fl (2), KS (3)
48th ME (4)
51st SD (2)
52nd SD (2)
53rd SD (2), WA (2)
54th SD (2), WA (2)
55th SD (2), WA (2)
56th SD (2), WA (2)
57th SD (2), WA (2)
58th ND (2), SD (2), WA (3)
59th ND (2), SD (2), WA (3)
60th ND (2), SD (2), WA (3)
61st ND (2), SD (2)
62nd ND (2), NM (2), SD (2)
63rd ID (2), MT (2), UT (2)
64th ID (2), MT (2)
65th ID (2), MT (2)
73rd KY (9), MN (9), MO (13), ND (2), VA (9)
74th ND (2)
75th ND (2)
76th ND (2)
77th ND (2)
78th AZ (2), NM (2), ND (2)
79th AZ (2), NM (2), ND (2)
80th AZ (2), NM (2), ND (2)
81st NM (2), ND (2)
82nd NM (2), ND (2)
83rd NM (2), ND (2)
84th NM (2), ND (2)
85th NM (2), ND (2)
86th NM (2), ND (2)
87th NM (2), ND (2)
88th AL (8), HI (2), NM (2)
89th HI (2), NM (2)
90th HI (2), NM (2)
91st HI (2)

See also

Sources

  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.  

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