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May 3rd, 2010
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Date:May 3rd, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
Personally, I do not think that such a system would be desirable. We need representative democracy to represent the non-majority. Shifting in favor of the majority would take away more representation than it would gain.

However, I personally feel that the age of regional representation has passed. As more of us communicate online or travel hither and yon, it doesn't make sense to have districts as such. Part of me wonders how things would change if, instead of 100 senators divided by geography, we all got one positive and one negative vote, and every year got to apply them to the pool of senators up for re-election. That would give each person (assuming current term limits) four senators that were "theirs" and could be more relied upon to represent their interests.

Clearly, it's a vastly different system than what we (we == USA) have now, but I think that it might work well. It might even work better, in that some of the more marginalized voices would get more representation, with a check that if a LOT of people disliked that sub-group enough to vote against them, they wouldn't get in... but if that sub-group got big enough, you couldn't keep them out (negative votes would be watered down).
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