Practical Democracy is a bottom-up process that lets every member of the community participate to the full extent of each individual’s desire and ability. The process corrects the flaws in the present system.
Election Methods articles on Democracy Chronicles
This election methods reform section will highlight alternatives to the widely used plurality voting system like approval, ranked and instant-runoff voting. See our entire section called Voting Methods Central. Also see our section on American democracy.
We’re all curious how approval voting stands in Fargo for the upcoming ballot measure. So over the last week, the Center for Election Science contracted a poll with Prime46, a local polling agency in North Dakota.
Jennifer Lawrence is getting involved in local politics by posting a video seeking citizen support for the Memphis instant runoff voting system.
To create a bottom-up arrangement that lets every member of the community influence political decisions to the full extent of each individual’s desire and ability, the people must be invited to participate in the political process.
We’ve looked at problems with the existing political system and a few of the considerations we must accommodate to build a different system. Now, we’ll think about the actual mechanics of such a process.
The transition from dialogue to monologue accelerates as the number of people to be persuaded increases. The larger the number of people, the less free some of them are to participate in the process.
The idea here is that if we want a legislative part of our government to cover broad ideas, then we need to have a voting method that elects a diverse enough body that can actually generate those broad ideas.
We must require that a winner must get more than half the votes. Alas, this simple rule cannot be imposed yet. Why? Because virtually all democracies currently use primitive single-mark ballots.
Democracy is not unique to human societies. Democratic practices are tightly woven into the very fabric of nature and guide the behavior of several animal species including the humble honeybee.
To build new voting machinery that differs from the existing machinery in important ways, we must first identify flaws in the existing machinery. I’ll look at some of those flaws and ways of correcting them.