Five Good Ideas for Improving Our Democracy

American democracy has evolved over 230 years. It has room for improvement. Here are five ideas for improving American democracy from Good Ideas:

1) Bypass Electoral College

A new proposal seeks to bypass the Electoral College and elect the President via popular vote. Without amending the constitution, it calls on states to commit all electoral votes to the candidate winning the popular vote. Information at http://www.fairvote.org/ .

2) Change Senate Filibuster Rules

Requiring 60 votes to do anything is a recipe for partisanship and paralysis.http://bit.ly/8rARoJ

3) Establish Redistricting Commissions

A politically neutral redistrcting commission, such as California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission, will make Congressional races more balanced and Congress more centrist. Thomas Friedman NY Times http://nyti.ms/aLX6de

4) In Elections, Adopt “Alternative Voting”

“Alternative Voting”, such as employed in Australia, allows voters to designate their first and second choices. If the first choice loses, your second choice gets the vote. This favors third party candidates and competition. Thomas Friedman NY Times http://nyti.ms/aLX6de

5) Give Your Vote to Third World

A new website called Give Your Vote allows British citizens to seek input for their votes on issues which impact developing countries. http://bit.ly/b5LnW0

What do you think? Vote or comment on these ideas – or add your own – on Good Ideas.

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