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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #41)

Sun May 26, 2013, 02:03 PM

42. It is the winner take all system

 

It s in the Constitution. As I like to joke, they wrote that part 70 years too early...before John Stuart Mill was born. He learned from it. And yes, we need to modernize the system, and this is why other countries have not adopted the winner take all system. It is also the reason why the 1917 Mexican Constitution did not adopt it. They did in 1824, it is almost translated word by word.

As to proportional representation you run a slate of candidates, and your party gets as many as it gets in proportion of the vote, with an absolute floor. So if the greens got 10% of the seats in the house, they get 10%, if the dems get 25, if the libertarians get 15 and so on and so forth.

It would require coalition building and parties to run coalition slates.

It has issues, all systems do, but it will prevent only two parties getting power for the most part.

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