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By gpig (Tue Feb 28, 2006 at 03:54:47 AM EST) mlp, democracy, kuro5hin, gpig (all tags)
The fuss about lowering the voting age, and other reforms of the political process, reminded me of this:

http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2002/9/6/63718/51002

Worth a read if you didn't catch it the first time round.



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Eeeew. by blixco (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue Feb 28, 2006 at 03:58:03 AM EST
You got kuro5hin on my HuSi.
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Voting reform is important by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Feb 28, 2006 at 04:38:29 AM EST
But I also think the way it's happening - at a snail's pace with endless agonising over each tiny little change - is probably the best way to go about it.

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I agree to an extent by gpig (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Feb 28, 2006 at 04:42:21 AM EST
My instinct is that the current system works to an extent, and so sudden change would be bad. On the other hand if there is a much better system out there, it might not be possible to get there with small incremental changes.
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True by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Feb 28, 2006 at 04:48:18 AM EST
The only big change I can see people *maybe* going for is proportional representation, and the stuff in that article is much more radical. People might become more receptive to change though if the ideas are bandied about enough.

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Sort of by gpig (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Feb 28, 2006 at 04:52:46 AM EST
if the ideas are bandied about enough

I.e., if the system described in that article was used for selecting the evictees on Big Brother, it would be used to elect our MPs within the decade.
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IRV by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Feb 28, 2006 at 07:25:08 AM EST
or some form of ranked choice voting similar to it, has a good chance of happening at some point. Its in use on a small scale in municipal jurisdictions in the US, and once people get used to that, expanding it to a larger scale will seem natural.
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