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By Steven Hill, Robert Richie

ISBN-10: 0807044237

ISBN-13: 9780807044230

Joshua Cohen, Joel Rogers (eds.); Lani Guinier (foreword)

Democracy occurs while the silent locate their voice, and once we start to hearken to what they need to say. --Lani Guinier, from the Foreword

In Whose Vote Counts?, Robert Richie and Steven Hill take heed to what the silent are asserting. They argue that we want a brand new means of electing our representatives to wrestle voter apathy and the leveling of political beliefs. one of these process already exists in lots of components of the area, together with locations within the usa: proportional illustration. prime activists reply in essays that illustrate what our state may seem like if all certified electorate turned electorate, and in the event that they all felt their vote contributed to greater than simply the successful or wasting tally.

The New Democracy discussion board is a sequence of brief paperback originals exploring inventive suggestions to our so much pressing nationwide concerns.


The merely cause we don't have proportional illustration within the usa is that it hadn't been invented but whilst the structure used to be written. however the Founding Fathers may have enjoyed it. This booklet tells why-in language that's energetic, available, provocative, and whole of logic. --Hendrik Hertzberg

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House in . Between  and , the number of black and Latino House members jumped from  to . In a series of recent rulings against so-called ‘‘racial gerrymandering,’’ the Supreme Court has made it much harder to establish majority-minority districts; the result is almost certain to be a decrease in the number of elected black legislators. 7 By building from a fundamental principle of political fairness, PR could secure voting rights of racial minorities, without specifically targeting minority voters ( just as Social Security protects low-income seniors by providing benefits for all).

In this respect, one of the conditions for full legislative deliberation—a wide range of viewpoints—would be enhanced. What viewpoints would be expressed would depend, of course, on which interests organized themselves into parties for purposes of presenting candidates for election. It is also not clear that meaningful legislative deliberation would actually increase, however, since many of these new voices would likely be tied very closely to narrow ideological constituencies and may not be as {  } J O H N F ER E J O H N willing or able to engage in political accommodation as are current legislators.

Winner-take-all politics that cannot be fixed. We have a particularly realistic opportunity to promote PR because of how well it addresses widely accepted failures in winner-take-all politics. Some of the most egregious problems reflect irreversible changes in technology, campaign techniques, and demographics. Without PR, no political reform—including the best of campaign finance reforms—can prevent most campaigns from being developed from focus groups of swing voters rather than principled policy positions.

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