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The U.S Supreme Court has held that the number of people, not the number of eligible voters, should help determine election districts. So reports The New York Times.

The decision effectively gives places such as cities, which often have high populations but not eligible voters, more power. As the author of the majority opinion, Justice Ginsburg wrote, “Nonvoters have an important stake in many policy debates.”

The issue arose when officials in Texas asked the court to afford state lawmakers the option of not using total population numbers from the census when designing congressional and state-legislative districts.

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