Talk:United States House of Representatives

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Elected from single-member districts by plurality voting[edit]

From what I understand this line, under "Membership, qualifications and apportionment" - > "Elections", is inaccurate: "By law, Representatives must be elected from single-member districts by plurality voting." Does anyone know of a federal law that mandates single member districts by plurality voting or is this referring to laws at the state-level requiring such structure? If it's the latter this is needs some clarification in the article.

I can't find anything regarding a federal law. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:58, 30 March 2016 (UTC)

Public Law 90-196, a federal law enacted in 1967. (talk) 20:46, 30 March 2016 (UTC)

Right this covers single-member districts but it doesn't mention plurality voting. It's theoretically possible to impose proportional representation on to single-member districts; where in the the vote determines the number of seats each party gets state-wide, and then those seats are allocated to candidates in each district based on their total vote counts, where the seats are awarded based on a list generated by the top vote getters per party. This would create districts where the representative didn't actually achieve the majority. See this for an example:
A single-member district is not affected by elections in other districts. (talk) 12:33, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

"First-past-the-post" verses "Plurality"[edit]

We say "Plurality" in American English. I changed the infobox to reflect that.

"Lower" chamber[edit]

That statement seems to me like it would be misleading. The house and Senate have two very different responsibilities outside of approving bills, no? This article even says that the House is only refereed to as the lower chamber informally in the "Comparison to the Senate" section. There has to be a better word for this, no?Kude90 (talk) 02:44, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

Discrepancy in the numbers[edit]

The sidebar states that there are five (5) vacant seats, however in the "Current Standing" section it states that there's four (4) vacant and one (1) independent. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:50, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

Just corrected. Five vacancies and no independents is correct. JTRH (talk) 23:00, 23 March 2017 (UTC)