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Category Archives: Electoral reform
On Saturday, September 12, we held a meeting on the subject of the Electoral College — how it works, its history, and what to do about it. I was honored to be part of a panel that also included Professor … Continue reading
On Tuesday, June 30, the Texas Anti-Corruption Campaign (TACC) held a roundup of election-law changes in the 84th legislative session which recently ended. CG4TX President Joanne Richards was one of six panelists giving a variety of perspectives, with moderation by … Continue reading
We hereby announce a new Common Ground for Texans white paper on electoral college reform. “Options for Electoral College Reform” examines, in as brief a form as possible, the main arguments in favor of and against our complicated system of … Continue reading
Americans are now living in an era of seesaw politics, in which each election is, to a large degree, a backlash against the results of the previous one. The 2010 “shellacking” suffered by the Democrats came in response to the wave elections that … Continue reading
Today we publish a new Common Ground for Texans white paper on voting systems. “Better Choices for Voters: Exploring Alternatives to Plurality Voting” offers an overview of several of the most-discussed voting-system reforms, including instant-runoff voting, proportional representation, the single … Continue reading
I admit it: Sometimes I have the TV on without paying full attention, because I’m busy on the computer. But occasionally a phrase will jump across the cognitive divide and prick my brain. Last night, I heard a clip of … Continue reading
[youtube width=”560″ height=”315″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCcqkyRJl7M[/youtube] “Mayday, mayday,mayday, our republic is sinking!” On the first day of May, Lawrence Lessig, one of the leaders of the crusade against the toxic influence of the few big funders in politics, launched a crowd-funded campaign to establish … Continue reading
On April 15, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that adds New York to the list of states participating in the National Popular Vote interstate compact. This comes two months after Oklahoma’s Senate voted to do the same. (However, the Oklahoma legislation still needs to … Continue reading
One of the basic principles of international fair election standards is that the people running for elected office should not be allowed to set arbitrary rules that govern the actual election process. Historically this often leads to politicians manipulating the … Continue reading
On February 12, Oklahoma’s Senate voted to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), in which states agree to appoint their electors according to the results of the national popular vote. The agreement takes effect only when enough states … Continue reading