scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Politics and elections
Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM
Sun Oct 29 2000 - 22:19:28 CST
At 10:19 AM 8/23/00 EDT, you wrote:
>Any chance we could get them to establish a system like the one the boys use
>to select OA members? You could cast a set number of votes-- or fewer. In
>this case, it would be modified to give every voter, say, four votes. you
>could cast all 4 to one candidate, or split them up 3/1, 2/2, or 1/3. That
>would indicate your true feelings.
Actually, for many years the State of Illinois elected it's House of
Representatives in a similar fashion. There were 59 districts. Each
district sent 3 representatives to the General Assembly. You could vote
for 3 candidates, or for two in a 2/1 split, or for one using a "bullet"
vote (all 3 for one). In practice, what often happened was that (for
example) a district that was mostly conservative would elect 2
conservatives, while the liberals, knowing they were outnumbered, would
cast "bullets" for a liberal. Many distinguished members of the General
Assembly were elected in this latter fashion.
This changed about 20 years ago. There was a drive to reduce the size of
the State government. The districts were split in half, and became single
candidate districts. This cut the size of the House by a third, but the
minorities in each area often lost some very thoughtful and effective voices.
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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