Comprehensive Election Reform

Are you looking for alternatives to

  • divisive politics?
  • political gridlock?
  • money influencing elections and elected representatives?
  • having to choose either a rock or a hard place?
  • campaign attack ads?
  • spoiler candidates changing election outcomes?
  • winning candidates receiving less than half the votes cast?
  • minority interests choosing an entire city council or school board?
  • 51% dismissing or ignoring the needs and desires of the other 49%?
  • district boundaries drawn to benefit certain candidates?
  • following the path offered by politicians, parties, PACs, or other big spenders?
...all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
U.S. Declaration of Independence
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
Alice Walker

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.
Albert Einstein

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Buckminster Fuller

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
John Muir

Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

Mark Twain quipped, It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress. After working with maximum security prisoners as a former Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, I started wondering if politicians could also learn the same fundamental communication and collaboration skills. This website focuses concepts from Winning Decisions and Fair Elections on government, candidates, journalists, and voters.

It Takes a Village to Raise a Politician

The good news is we’re exploring solutions that work as a grassroots effort, within existing laws, and at very little cost. The bad news is it may require a grassroots effort which depends on the active participation of many people.

You are welcome to browse but we recommend starting with methods, then comprehensive reforms, then ranked choice voting. If you start in the middle, look for links to related topics to help you catch up.

It’s been said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over while hoping for a different result. We’re working for fundamental campaign and election reforms, including

Ending Political Gridlock and Promoting Bipartisanship

Read Let Candidates Prove They Can Play Nice

Attracting candidates who understand and represent voters’ needs

Read Let Candidates Prove They Can Play Nice

Placing all candidates on an equal footing

Read Let Candidates Prove They Can Play Nice
Read Ranked Choice Voting

Fair, factual campaign ads

Read Let Candidates Prove They Can Play Nice
Read Ranked Choice Voting

Reducing the cost of winning

Read Let Candidates Prove They Can Play Nice
Read Ranked Choice Voting

Election systems that allows voting for the most preferred candidate without fear of increasing the chances of a less desirable candidate.

Read Ranked Choice Voting

Governing bodies that reflect the diversity of those represented and collaborate respectfully and constructively to seek solutions that benefit everyone.

Read Let Candidates Prove They Can Play Nice
Read Proportional Representation

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