New Voices - Outline: Real Choices/New Voices I What's the...

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Outline: Real Choices/New Voices I - What’s the Problem? - What’s the Solution? - “Fair Representation for All” - Redistricting/Gerrymandering - Multiparty System - Representation of Women and Minorities - Voter Turnout Real Choices/New Voices - “Our electoral system is so deeply flawed that it often violates the fundamental principles of democracy and fair representation that many believe are the hallmarks of the American political system” What’s the Problem? - Drawback of plurality electoral systems: o Lack of competitive elections o Choice is limited to “lesser of two evils” o Low voter turnout o No major differences between candidates o Two party monopoly o Wasted votes o Spoilers o Poor quality electoral campaigns o Under-representation of minorities What’s the Solution? - Proportional Representation - Thesis: PR can reinvigorate American elections and improve the basic quality of democracy in the US “Fair Representation for All” - 1998 election to the House of Representatives:
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2008 for the course POLI SCI 106 taught by Professor Hererra during the Fall '08 term at Wisconsin.

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New Voices - Outline: Real Choices/New Voices I What's the...

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