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MineesotaGopher
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The United States ought to elect the US House based on proportional representation.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/30/2007 Category: Politics
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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MineesotaGopher

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At present, the US House of Representatives is elected based on a simple first past the post system; whoever receives the plurality of the votes wins the seat. This system discourages democratic participation for all but competitive seats (and, traditionally, few seats in the House are competitive, especially with gerrymandering) and it entrenches a two-party system that is harmful in stifling the development of new ideas and in ultimately falling pray to corrupt practices.

Thus, I advocate that the US transition to some form of proportional representation for the US House. In this manner, the total percentage that groups of individuals get nationwide is also the percentage of seats they get in the House. There are many ways to implement this: I favour either a mixed-member proportional system where in ADDITION to our present system we give seats to parties to make it proportional, or by a relatively open party list. The former system, however, preserves the idea of having geographies represented while also having ideologies represented.
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