Fixing Elections

Fixing Elections

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Even as Florida painstakingly recounted punch-cards in 2000, voters sensed something was deeply wrong with a system in which the less popular candidate might win the highest office in the USA. Fixing Elections shows why it's not just that the Electoral College is outdated, but that America's 18th-century political technology -especially the Winner-Take-All system - has outlived its usefulness. While voter turnout plummets to the single digits (episodes of survivor draw larger audiences than midterm elections), analysts have blamed the growing apathy of the American electorate. But as Hill so eloquently argues, today's Americans are not a lazier, less civic-minded people than their grandparents. Voting just seems pointless to many US citizens because they recognize the truth: their votes really don't count. A vote for Nader may have been a wasted vote, but so was a vote for Gore in Texas, where he had no chance of winning. This is because our system relies on geographic representation and the two party duopoly. Provocative political critic Steven Hill argues this system is as the root of many of our worst political problems, including poor minority representation, low voter turnout, For instance. one Toyota advertisement in 1999 said, aquot;Democrats say Toyota Camry is the w1 selling car in America, two years ... 2001. aquot;This study shows that the voting problem is much worse than we expected, aquot; said Caltech president Davidanbsp;...

Title:Fixing Elections
Author: Steven Hill
Publisher:Psychology Press - 2002

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