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Unicameral Legislature with Proportional Representation

There is no reason for California to maintain a bicameral legislature. Since the Reynolds v. Sims ruling, state Upper and Lower houses in most US states have been effectively identical, and nowhere more so than in California, where the Senate is merely a half-sized copy of the Assembly with arbitrarily differing powers. It would be only sensible, in terms of efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and fairness, to consolidate ...more »

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Tarre On!: Proportional Representation Minus Corporate Influence

Tarre On! is an anagram of the six pillars of the challenge. Tarre On means "to urge to action now". Proportional and Fair voting is achievable. It would transform the status quo. Money would no longer be a major influencer. Representation would require engagement of the voter with their elected official. The official would be bound by the majority will of those they represent on individual issues. Accountability ...more »

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Elect the legislature using proportional representation (PR).

Proportional representation (PR) is used by most Western democracies to elect at least one house of their national legislature. Such countries tend to have higher voter turnout, a higher percentage of women in the legislature, and a more politically engaged populace than countries that do not use PR. We (Californians for Electoral Reform) believe that the same results would occur if California elected at least one house ...more »

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Partially Proportional, Partially District Based Legislature

The basic idea: bring the best of district-based representative and proportional representation into one modern system. Our districts in the legislature are too big: 900,000 in the Senate, 400,000 in the Assembly. This is unique in the country.* This proposal is based on the belief that smaller districts are more democratic and representative to save space, that argument has been best made here: http://www.democracyjournal.org/8/6587.php). ...more »

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Multi-Party Competition for California

We have simulated and mapped electoral outcomes under a simple form of proportional representation: 16 five-seat districts for the 80-seat California Assembly. In addition to eliminating the institutional advantage that the largest party receives under the current system, our simulation suggests that proportional representation would diversify the composition of both major parties, and provide some opportunities for minor ...more »

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