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Since 1912,/ the House of Representatives has had/ 435 voting members./ However,/ the distribution/ of members among the states has changed/ over the years./ Each state must have/ at least/ one representative/ in the House./ Beyond that,/ the number of representatives/ from each state depends/ on the population of the state./ The Constitution says that/ the government will conduct/ a census of the population/ every 10 years/ to count/ the number of people/ in each state./ The results/ of the census are used/ to recalculate/ the number of representatives/ each state should have./ For example,/ if one state gains/ many residents,/ that state could get one/ or more new representatives./ If another state loses residents,/ that state could lose/ one or more./ But the total number/ of voting U.S. representatives does not change./

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The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
True of false: The number of representatives from each state depends on the population of the state.
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* The reading text above is partially referred by USCIS Quick Civics Lessons “Learn About the United States” and only used for educational purposes.

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