1. Our Voting System Sucks

    brian on 2008.01.07
    at 12:50 am

    For a long time, it’s been obvious that our voting system (“plurality,” sometimes called “Winner take all”) sucks.

    Proof of this is easy: the 2000 Presidential election, where more Americans wanted someone left of center to lead our country (Nader, Gore) rather than the neo-con George W. Bush. Yet, Bush became our national nightmare.

    It’s un-democratic to say someone should run for elected office just because their supporters would vote for someone else if said candidate did not run. Yet, that is the best we can say about people like Ralph Nader. And that’s just wrong.

    In the United States we use this system almost exclusively, but in other parts of the world, other system are functioning in a more fair manner.

    There’s an excellent interview with author William Poundstone who discusses the options, what is most fair and what our chances are at fixing our broken system

    You simply knowing that there are better systems than our current one, is a good first step.

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