Fixing Elections: The Failure of America's Winner Take All Politics

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Political Science - 363 pages
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While US voter turnout plummets to single digits (even episodes of Survivor drew larger audiences than cast votes for either Gore or Bush), analysts have blamed the growing apathy of the American electorate. But as provocative political critic Steven Hill so eloquently argues, we're not a lazier, less civic-minded people than our grandparents. Voting just seems pointless to many citizens because they recognize the truth: their votes really DON'T count. Fixing Elections shows our whole 18th-century Winner Take All political system, including the way we elect our legislatures. In 2000, a vote for Nader may have been a wasted vote, but so was a vote for Gore in solidly GOP Texas, or Bush in Democratic New York, where the state's winner was a foregone conclusion. In legislatures, rigged district lines render impotent the votes of millions of Americans, Democrat, Republican and independent alike. Steven Hill argues that the US geographic-based, Winner Take All political system is at the root of many of America's worst political problems, including poor minority and majority representation, low voter turnout, expensive mudslinging campaigns, congressional gridlock, regional balkanization

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The cofounder and associate director of the Center for Voting and Democracy ( and author of Whose Vote Counts and numerous articles on the electoral system, Hill here presents an ... Read full review

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This book was a revelation. It has made me completely reevaluate what I thought were the root causes of American government dysfunction. Like everyone else I assumed money was the source of our ... Read full review

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Steven Hill is co-founder and Associate Director of the Center for Voting and Democracy, a nonprofit organization promoting election reform. He frequently appears on radio and TV to discuss political issues, and his articles have appeared in dozens of national newspapers and magazines including The Nation, Salon, The American Prospect, The Boston Review, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.

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