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  •  I hate party lists. (0+ / 0-)

    I haven't thought about it enough to design a better way, but I would explicitly have voters choose in some way each individual who goes to Congress.

    Maybe each district would have a specific vote for a specific candidate, and a second section where a specific member of the party list must be selected.  This would allow voters to at least determine the rank on the party list.

    It's probably susceptible to demagoguery - candidates who are "unelectable" in head-to-head races would become the members of the party list.  It probably has other problems.

    But I really really really really dislike the "smoky rooms" aspect of party lists.

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    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

    There are no Christians in foxholes.

    by Odysseus on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 08:49:49 PM PDT

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    •  While I disagree on one aspect, being that (0+ / 0-)

      it allows more policy wonks rather than just media-friendly candidates, we could at least use some form of open list instead where voters get to choose the order even candidates on the list. There are many different ways that could work, but one of the problems with it and one reason I like mostly closed lists better is that American voters already have very low familiarity with particular politicians who aren't running for president and the whole idea of proportional representation should be to make elections about party platforms or ideas rather than personalities. That's one thing I despise about the house incumbency phenomenon.

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