By Two-to-One Margin Americans Want to Eliminate the Electoral College

By: Friday January 18, 2013 1:12 pm

With the next Presidential election almost four years away, the Electoral College gets little attention but it is always worth pointing out what a horrible institution it is. According to Gallup, by a greater two-to-one margin Americans want to replace the Electoral College with a national popular vote. From Gallup: The Electoral College doesn’t just [...]

Group Pushes for Public Campaign Financing in New York

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 10:08 am

A large coalition of very large donors, businesses and activists are pushing for New York to adopt a system of publicly financed elections. From New York Times: An unusual and well-heeled coalition, trying to tap public anger over the flood of money into politics, is pushing to enact a public financing system for elections in [...]

Election Laws, Not Limited Ideology, Produce Our Two-Party System

By: Thursday March 8, 2012 10:58 am

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria importantly talks about the problem with our two-party system but he overlooks the bigger reason the United States has been stuck with only two parties for so long. Very restrictive ballot access laws are only a minor hurdle to viable third parties. The much bigger problem is our first-past-the-post election system. From [...]

A Clear Market Failure in American Politics

By: Friday January 20, 2012 11:36 am

According to Gallup, a full 34 percent of country would not be satisfied if their choice for president was just Democrat Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney. Gallup: That one in three Americans is unsatisfied with their likely choices for president should indicate a huge failure in our political system. Instead of politics, imagine we [...]

The Dynamics Behind Canada’s Liberal Party Backing Election Reform

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 5:31 pm

In the most recent Canadian elections, the Liberal Party of Canada, one of the oldest and most dominant political parties in the world, lost badly and fell into irrelevance.  That fall, however, may lead the country to adopt more democratic election reforms, and Canada could serve as a case study for how the success of [...]

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