What are two things that could be done to reduce the advantages of incumbency and make congressional elections more fair?
- 5 years agoFavorite Answer
Require all electoral districts to be drawn by nonpartisan committees or computer algorithms. In either case, require all districts to be contiguous (no gaps), convex (no squiggly lines or jelly beans), geographically compact (no districts one mile wide and a hundred miles long), and drawn without consideration for any demographic consideration (political party, income, race, gender, etc.) save the requirement that districts contain, as nearly as possible, the same number of residents.
Make the right of citizens to vote absolute and unconditional, including, but not limited to these constituent rights: the right to register to vote; the right to obtain any and all documentation required to register to vote or to vote free of charge; to be retained on the voting rolls so long as one is eligible; to vote in a place and at a time that is convenient, accessible, and announced well in advance; to have voting facilities sufficiently equipped and staffed so that every registered voter can actually exercise their right to vote in a timely fashion; to have every vote recorded and counted in a durable, tamper-resistant, auditable and recountable form.
Make the number of representatives that each state is allocated after each US Census depend on the number of people who actually voted in the most recent Federal election, not the number of residents.
Publicly fund all elections, with matching funds for candidates with self-funded opponents.
Ban corporations from spending any money to lobby elected or appointed officials.
Ban corporations from spending any money to influence, positively or negatively, the outcome of any election or ballot initiative.
Ban anonymous political expenditures from any source.
Prohibit candidates and elected officials from making demonstrably false claims of a factual nature.
Prohibit "news" sources from making demonstrably false claims of a factual nature.
Re-establish the Fairness Doctrine.
Break up all corporations with more than 30% market share in any mature market.
Re-establish strict limits on both the number of media outlets (newspapers, radio stations, tv stations) any entity may own in a given market area, as well as the total number of outlets any entity may own.
Replace winner-takes-all primaries and general elections with Approval Voting, in which there is no primary, any number of candidates can run, and voters choose to vote for, or "approve" any number of candidates. The candidate that gets the most votes, or "approvals", wins.
Limit the length of election campaigns to three months.
Prohibit out-of-state spending on state elections and ballot initiatives.
Prohibit out-of-locality spending on local elections and ballot initiatives.
Limit individual spending on elections.
Enforce the ban on 501c(4) groups engaging in political activity.
Increase the a financial transactions tax to a meaningful amount (0.5%).
Pass a wealth tax.
Establish ethics rules requiring Supreme Court justices and members of Congress to recuse themselves from any case that they have a financial interest in.
Many of these do not seem directly related to Congressional campaigns, but without comprehensive reform of elections, campaigns, voting, the media, the financial sector and monopolies, there will be a strong tendency to backslide towards the way things are now.
- Tmess2Lv 75 years ago
1) Put a limit on the franking privilege (the right of members to send mail for free). This advantage is probably less significant than it used to be.
2) Establish a system of public financing of campaigns. It is very hard for challengers to raise money, and PACs are allowed to engage in what is all but legalized bribery in terms of donating to incumbents.
3) Create more competitive districts. Over the past 25 years, the number of swing districts has fallen dramatically. Currently, maybe 57 seats are nominally close (less than a 6% gap between the two parties) in an open race. For the other 400 seats, the only real danger to an incumbent is a scandal or ticking off their base.
4) Consider replacing the current system of partisan primary elections with top two primaries (like in California and Washington). This system gives the minority party in a lopsided district the chance to align with moderates in the other party to remove an incumbent who places party over the district.
- Anonymous5 years ago
change the 2 term limit to one 6 year term for the president. limit congressional terms to two terms
- LindaLv 75 years ago
Take away the Freebies..
Take away what Party they belong to on the Ballots..
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- darcy mLv 75 years ago
citizen united gone
all media must show BOTH SIDES AND NO OPINIONS FROM REPORTERS
STOP THE BOGUS VOTER FRAUD LAWS IN RED STATES
NATIONAL VOTING RULES THE SAME EVERYWHERE
- Spock (rhp)Lv 75 years ago
please define 'more fair' in context. we haven't a clue what you mean