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  •  Our Electoral System is Fundamentally Broken (1+ / 0-)
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    dc1000

    That should be the headline whenever the GOP attempts (yet again) to suppress manipulate redistricting.

    Unfortunately, the Democratic Party has not decided to lead the way in electoral reform.

    Absent such reform, the only choices are to manipulate the system in retaliation (which is obviously not a good thing for our democracy) or to refuse to do so and lose.  Neither is an acceptable option.

    Usually Democrats do the latter, complain bitterly about GOP manipulation of the system. And then lose.

    It's been that way at least since the theft of the 2000 election.

    If the Democrats refuse to lead the way on electoral reform, citizens need to seize the initiative.

    Tunis...Cairo...Tripoli...Wall Street

    by GreenSooner on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 06:54:33 AM PDT

    •  Lol (7+ / 0-)

      Arizona's system WAS electoral reform...what the GOP is doing here and to a lesser extent in California is just proof that no reform can stop these crazies.

      21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

      by sapelcovits on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 07:03:00 AM PDT

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      •  I said _fundamentally_. (1+ / 0-)
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        Arizona's system WAS electoral reform

        Which at least to me suggests that the kind of "reform" that the two major parties support isn't solving the problem.

        Throwing your hands up at that fact doesn't solve it either.

        The fundamental problem is first-past-the-post elections held in single-member districts, which ends up making the drawing of district lines crucial and a soft target for manipulation.

        One solution would be proportional representation.

        I'm sure there might be others as well.

        I'm glad that we agree, however, that the current horizon of reform as defined by the Democratic and Republican parties is insufficient.

        Tunis...Cairo...Tripoli...Wall Street

        by GreenSooner on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 07:14:44 AM PDT

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      •  Its kind of a stupid bill though (1+ / 0-)
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        Independent commission, btut he governor can ask for members to eb removed at any time prior to map approval.

        Its independent, except when it isn't.  Who wrote that clause into that law?

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