LINK: Do We Need a Democracy Index?
What we need is a new approach to electoral reform, one that turns the system’s biggest flaw into a crucial asset. Self-interested politicians
An article on the Yale Law School’s website asks if gathering more election date nationwide would encourage democracy reform. Here is a snippet…
Sadly, there is little hope of major reform anytime soon. Congress is not eager to intervene in this traditional area of local control — even in the wake of 2000, it could not pass anything but the toothless Help America Vote Act. Local officials have even less incentive to fix the system because voters tend not to see the costs associated with neglect; they have anecdotes but cannot grasp the broader pattern. As a result, localities are more likely to invest in projects that are visible to voters — such as new schools and more cops — than to upgrade our ramshackle balloting process.
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What we need is a new approach to electoral reform, one that turns the system’s biggest flaw into a crucial asset. Self-interested politicians are the main obstacle to reform in this country. Any reform should seek to harness the power of partisan competition rather than try to circumvent it. To fix elections, we must realign the interests of politicians with those of the voters.
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