Wednesday, May 26, 2004

William Raspberry's latest column tells me something I didn't know, that until 1980, Illinois' state legislature were elected, not in a traditional one rep, one district set-up, but according to proportional voting in "super districts" with three reps each. Even more interestingly, the system was adopted in response to escalating partisanship that disgusted the Illinois electorate.

There are significant barriers to implementing this nationally (no reason not to try if you've got the gumption, though), but why not the state level? Missouri's got the same problem right now, and allows ballot initiatives, which provide an end-run around our pain in the ass legislature. The big question is whether this would be an amendment to existing law, a new law, or a constitutional amendment.

Any Missourians out there interested enough to try and make this happen?

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