POLYAS Election Glossary

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Voting district

A voting district is a geographical area which is represented by a seat or numerous seats in a legislative body such as a parliament or congress. In elections, voters registered in a particular voting district can only vote for candidates running for office in that district.

In a single member voting district, voters can only elect one representative to the legislative body. Whereas in multiple member districts, more than one representative will be elected for each district.

In the United States, there are 435 congressional districts in the House of Representatives, each held by a single Congressman or woman. Which districts get are represented by the seats are determined by population size and other minor factors. In the United States Senate, on the other hand, each state receives two senators to represent them. The number of seats per state remains constant. 

See also: Legislature, House of Representatives, Canadian Parliament

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