“Partisans’ chief interest is in proving that the other party is despicable — in ramping up fear, hatred and the negative polarization that is the central feature of contemporary American politics…
The good news is that we don’t have to live with this system. There’s nothing in the Constitution that says there have to be only two parties. There’s nothing in the Constitution about parties at all. There’s not even anything in the Constitution mandating that each congressional district have only one member and be represented by one party. We could have a much fairer and better system with the passage of a law.
The way to do that is through multimember districts and ranked-choice voting.”
— David Brooks in “One Reform to Save America”
New York Times
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As the 2016 election came to a close last month, American voters breathed a sigh of relief that the exhausting campaigns were finally over. However, the citizens of Los Angeles cannot relax just yet -- important elections for the city’s mayor, as well as eight of its 15 city council seats, are rapidly approaching.Read More
On December 19th, each state's electors met and cast their votes for President and Vice President. This year 10 electors attempted to vote for someone else. This is the largest number of "faithless electors" for president in history. But like every other example of electors deviating from their party's nominee, it went off with a fizzle, changing nothing.Read More
Voter turnout in the Louisiana U.S. Senate runoff on December 10th was just 29.2 percent--down from 67.8 percent in the general election--making it one of the lowest-attended U.S. Senate elections in the state in recent years. Legislators should look for ways to expand the use of ranked choice voting to avoid costly, low-turnout elections like the one on December 10th.Read More