Our Unrepresentative House Is a Problem Easily Solved

By: Monday September 8, 2014 2:34 pm

There seems little value in just talking about problems if we aren’t even going to acknowledge the existence of solutions, and there are solutions out there.


How a Bad Election System Makes the Racial Partisan Divide a Big Problem

By: Monday March 24, 2014 1:10 pm

Where it is most evident is in the Senate where each state gets two senators regardless of population. In 13 of the 14 states which have less 2 million people white non-Hispanics are overrepresented and often dramatically so. The sole exception is Hawaii. These 13 states contain just 4.6 percent of the population but choose 25 percent of the Senators.

Our Election Laws Are the True Root of Washington’s Gridlock

By: Friday December 28, 2012 2:16 pm

Recently, many have tried to place the blame for the current gridlock in Washington on growing partisanship, primaries, activists or even the electorate; but ultimately, the real root of this current dysfunction is our election laws.

Competing Visions Not Just Referendums: Why America Needs a System for More than Two Parties – Part 2

By: Wednesday September 14, 2011 8:31 am

In the United States and most democracies, voters don’t primarily use elections to choose between competing ideologies or plans. First and foremost, voters use the ballot to depose those they think failed to govern efficiently. Elections are often a referendum on the party in power.

Zero-Sum Politics: Why America Needs a System for More than Two Parties – Part 1

By: Monday September 12, 2011 2:00 pm

We don’t have to have a system of government that actually encourages these destructive zero-sum strategies. We could adopt another election system, such as proportional representation, or even instant runoff voting (IRV), that allows for more than just two parties in the running without worrying about the “spoiler” effect.

If You Want More Bipartisanship, Promote More Political Parties

By: Monday May 30, 2011 6:15 am

If you really want more bipartisanship, the only real solution is to promote more viable political parties.

Majorities from Every Political Ideology Want Option of Third Party

By: Tuesday May 10, 2011 9:33 am

Overall, 52 percent of Americans would like to add a third major political party, while only 40 percent feel Democrats and Republicans do an adequate job representing the American people, according to the latest Gallup poll. The interesting finding of this poll is that it found across the political spectrum, liberals, moderates and conservatives, all equally felt the need for more than the two parties.

Oh, Canada, Go Vote!

By: Monday May 2, 2011 2:00 pm

Today is election day in Canada, so to all our Canadian readers: go vote! To our non-Canadian readers, today’s election could be a truly historic event worth keeping an eye on.

Canada’s Left Wing New Democratic Party Surges in Polls; Is Electoral Reform Near?

By: Wednesday April 27, 2011 3:00 pm

With less than a week until the the federal elections in Canada, the left wing New Democratic Party is experiencing an almost unprecedented 11-point surge in the polls.

FL Sen: Race Shows Difficulty for Third Party, Despite Voters Wanting That Option

By: Saturday October 16, 2010 7:00 pm

The Hill has just become the most recent news outlet to find in their polling that a majority of voters want a viable third party as an alternative to the Republicans and Democrats. Their poll found that 54 percent of likely voters in 10 swing districts think there should be a third party. Their results mirror national polling from CNN (PDF) and Gallup, both of which also show majority support for a third party.

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