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Immigrants, legal and otherwise, boost Florida's Census clout



This week's announcement that Florida will pick up two congressional seats and a pair of electoral votes certainly enhances the state's clout in Washington. But that extra political muscle comes with an interesting twist. The state would have gained only one additional seat had the census counted just U.S. citizens, one researcher found. It's a strange and little known quirk of the census process — that people who cannot vote help influence future elections — which in 2010 helped Florida at the expense of states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Missouri. Read more here.

[Last modified: Friday, December 24, 2010 7:54am]


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