Do our political problems stem in large part from the elections themselves? In my Part I post, below, I listed many of the major ideas for reforming our electoral system. On Thursday night I’ll list some of them again, but highlight only a few. Since Constitutional amendments are non-starters, I’ll discuss only one in any detail, mainly in order to illustrate a point about the perils inherent in amending the Constitution in piecemeal fashion. The other reforms I will describe at some length could be done at the state-level but new national law(s) would be preferable and harder to overturn. I’m looking forward to hearing your preferences and priorities.
- A backdoor way to make us more resemble a parliamentary system: Making presidents serve a single, six-year term, the election of which coincides with ALL senatorial elections and all House elections. The point is to elect our entire national government at one time..
- A law to make state voting procedures more uniform and voting easier. Includes a national voter registration database.
- A law to establish a rotating order for state presidential primary elections. (Rather than states competing to be the earliest primary).
- A 50-state compact to have each state award all of its electoral votes to the presidential
candidate that wins the national popular vote (NPV). This gets around the Constitution’s Electoral College.
- Non-partisan redistricting commissions, like we just created in CA.
- Make it easier to vote! Examples: Increasing resources for elections, more absentee voting, ending ex-felon disenfranchisement. [UPDATE: Jery Brown just signed a law to allow Californians to register to vote on-line! Hey, we pay taxes and bills on-line. Why not register to vote that way?]
- Reduce the number of state elected offices, especially judges. Seriously. I’ll explain.
- Fix CA’s broken initiative processes.
These are just my preferences. the purpose of the meeting is to talk avbout all of yours.
- I’ll explain the idea for synchronizing presidential and Congressional terms. It’s from this book, which I’m bringing with me.
- Some ideas for expanding voting participation via federal law and Constitutional changes.
- Scathing indictment of our presidential primary process. How to fix it?
- National Popular Vote initiative: What is it, FAQs.
- We have too many elected officials!
- California’s broken initiative process (part of a larger discussion of state’s dysfunction)
- Stunning article on the GOP’s “War On Voting,” to suppress Democratic votes. Nothing like this has been seen in a hundred years.
- Our political system is NOT REALLY broken – please read!