Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Gooder Voting

Some time back I came up with this crazy idea that everyone should get 1 1/5 of a vote. The 1/5 part would be meaningless unless five voters got together as a bloc, agreed on how they would vote on a particular item, and their five votes would then be counted as six. The idea behind this was that voters would be encouraged to engage one another on the issues, discuss the pros and cons and somehow come to a consensus before entering the voting booth. This seemed, to me at least, somewhat of an answer to the "uninformed" voter. Logistically I had no idea how it would work but, hey, I was trying.

Steven Landsburg has an idea of his own...

So if I could make just one change in the American political system, it would be
to give each voter two votes in every congressional election. You'd get one vote
to cast in your own district and another to cast in the district of your choice.
When a congressman from West Virginia funnels taxpayers' money from fifty states
to his home district, I want him to face the prospect that taxpayers from fifty
states will share their feelings with him on election day.


...what I'm really saying is "Let's think hard---and creatively---about ways to sever the link between parochial interests and congressional incentives."

Okay, maybe not the same motivation behind it, but I like where he's going.

[h/t Instapundit]


At 9:18 AM, May 03, 2007, Blogger Crawford's Take said...

Sounds like a version of the Iowa Caucuses...never a more messed up system of "voting" was ever created...


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