Voting-System Reform Is Not Technical Tweaking

This is my response to http://democracyjournal.org/arguments/ranked-choice-voting-is-not-the-solution/ and to all others who belittle the idea of voting-system reform and call it technical meddling or tweaking.

The piece is in deep error where it mentions “technique” and “technical meddling”. Technique is about different ways to achieve the same result. For example, whether I strip my deck with high-pressure water or rotating brushes, the result is the same, a stripped deck. The difference between “first past the post” (FPTP, the current system in the US) voting and Range Voting is not that they are “techniques” to put the same person in office. They elect different people. The move from one to another would amount to regime change. It would be more effective than getting money out of politics, and would reach farther than the change did from absolute monarchy to the state of the US when it was at its most democratic to date (whenever that might have been).

By referring to voting-system reform as “technical meddling”, the author participates in a pernicious conspiracy (in effect, even if the members don’t literally “breathe together”) to deny me my right of democracy. In a representative republic, my right to democracy implies I have a right to equal influence to that of each other voter, in regards to who wins office. FPTP, promoted by this author, denies my right the respect it deserves. I am angry at those who deny me this right. Here is a line of reasoning about how to test for democracy in a voting system: http://wp.me/p23U97-e2

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One Response to Voting-System Reform Is Not Technical Tweaking

  1. Marcia Everett says:

    Please support us by signing the petition, sharing the petition, joining us on facebook to crowd source ideas to get this amendment some attention and ultimately get it enacted http://change.org/petitions/bill-of-rights-for-voting-equality the reasons behind each entry are listed at the petition as well.
    Whereas we the people are created equal, and
    whereas we the people are endowed with certain inalienable rights, and
    whereas we the people instituted a government to secure these rights, and
    whereas we the people lay the foundation on such principles, and organize its power in such form, as to us shall seem most likely to effect the above objective, do require the following Bill of Rights for Voting Equality.
    1.
    Each citizen of the United States at or exceeding the age of majority has the right to vote in any public election in the jurisdiction where he or she resides. That right shall not be denied or abridged by the United States, any State, agreement, person, or entity. After incarceration all rights shall resume.
    2.
    a) All citizens of the United States, residing in all states, shall have equal access, (the same requirements), to creating a political party and achieving a ballot line.
    b) All candidates and parties of these United States, shall have equal time constraints to qualify for ballot access.
    c) All requirement verifications will be received by a multi-partisan regulatory board, such as the Board of Elections.
    d) All citizens that desire to be candidates, within these United States, shall register at their local Board of Elections.
    e) The Board of Elections shall divide equally, the campaign tools for election purposes. All tools must be properly labeled as having been provided by the revenue stream and not a direct private donation.
    f) Corporations are NOT people and Money is not speech. Elections shall be publicly funded. No private money may be used for a public office, or seat in the government. The citizen must have full confidence that no bribery or appearance of bribery is taking place.
    3.
    The District constituting the seat of Government of the United States shall elect Senators and Representatives in the Congress in such number and such manner as it would be entitled if it were a State.
    4.
    All citizens must be able to verify that the vote has been counted accurately. All ballots must be counted by hand. All counting must be supervised by multi-partisan personnel and recorded.
    5.
    a) There shall be at least one Representative to each Thirty Thousand citizens, per state.
    b) Each state shall divide its population by 30,000 to determine its number of representatives.
    c) Each Representative shall have the voting power equal to the number of citizens that voted for them.
    d) Congress shall be unicameral, and the Senate shall be dissolved.
    6.
    All citizens shall have equal early voting hours in which to cast their vote. sufficient voting places, materials, and personnel shall be provided to reduce the voting time to within an hour.
    7.
    The Presidential/Vice-Presidential election shall be counted by (score or approval) counting.

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