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Question for Americans (Kebir Blue)

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Angus88 (Little Upsilon)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 07:46 am Click here to edit this post
None you you are making any valid points in my opinion. You say my idea would be bad, but show no understanding of runoff or instant runoff voting.

BoarderC with my idea implemented in the 1824 scenario one of those four candidates would obtain majority, the election would always be determined by the vote. By throwing more actually electable candidates into the election you give greater diversity of policy, for candidates to attract votes they would need to distinguish their policy differently from the other candidates, where voters could decide their votes according to policy, not spin talk.

Dave I'm not so sure, the larger states have a larger electoral vote anyway so if a candidate can get them they will be a higher priority, no US state is large enough to determine the election, which is the same in electoral vote, but they are a big priority to get them. With the electoral college candidates only need to go after swing states and regions. It allows voters to be disenfranchised if they live in an incumbent area even if you are a large demographic but not complete majority, with a nationwide popular vote it doesn't matter if your demographically oppressed your vote is still used to determine the election. A popular vote as opposed to electoral college would take not give power away from large states, because even though they determine the election slightly more their vote will be split.

Slare I don't know how proportional voting could work for head of state elections, because its a vote on one position unlike house of reps or something similar with more then one position available. With instant runoff voting you could vote third party or even third candidate (I hate having to vote for the party and they decide who is the head of state in parliamentary elections) without throwing your vote away. Proportional voting is the place for senate elections, where minority voters or minority population states could still obtain representation since candidates only need to receive a certain amount of the vote to be able to represent. Also the number of senate seats should be the same for each state regardless of population, that way even minority populations can scrutinize the actions of the head of state.

I think you's are going about it the wrong way, you need weak power to the head of state and strong senate and house of representatives. Not a corrupted system that could allow someone like Palin or Bush to get elected, or causes the stagnation of policy due to two party oppression, and because of this policy stagnation your governance will never improve, but adleast it allows limited power to the larger states. Not a good enough selling point to me.

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