An Example of Utterly Awful Elections Analysis

The NYT and CA41 and yet another example of telling the wrong story.

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Q&A Time

Hopefully answering a reader question (but probably just making it all worse).

The Flawed Nature of Representation in the US

Our representation problems are far, far more about structure than they are about the messaging of the parties.

A “Fairer” Map for the 2022 House?

A potentially more representative map that still underscores deep flaws in our system.

Santa’s a Socialist

And other tales from the AK special election.

Multiparty Presidentialism

No, presidentialism does not lock us into two parties.

Elections with Foregone Conclusions

Greatest democracy in the world, right?

A Note on Primary Elections

Data from Texas underscore a frequent point about primaries.

What exactly is ballot harvesting? And what happened in Georgia?

While there is an investigation, it doesn’t appear ballots were sold for “$10 a piece”

Capitol Riot: One Year Later

A roundup of reflection on a somber anniversary.

On the Number of Parties, Part 3: More Sophisticated Counting

The effective number of parties.

On the Number of Parties: Basic Counting, Part 2

This time: some multi-party examples.

Single-Seat Districts are a Huge Problem

Politicians controlling lines control voters (instead of voters controlling politicians).

Trump, Electoral Fraud Lies, and the Primaries

Our system and the shaping of the GOP’s future.

The House of “Representatives”

The erosion of representativeness continues.

Canada and Single-Seat Plurality Elections

Canada has more parties than the US, but still suffers representation problems due to FPTP elections.

The CA Recall

The system is not defensible.

Some Additional Readings on Hungary (Tab Clearing)

For anyone who might be interested.

Douthat Misses the Point on Hungary

Hungary is part of a broader global trend, but the real issue isn’t Hungary, it is the Americans who praise Hungary.

More Intra-Party Manuevers

This time: the Alaska GOP.

Competitive Pressures and Party Behavior

Assessing Republican strategic positioning (and the incentives in our system).

Governor McConaughey?

A new poll from Texas give us a chance to think about parties and nominations in the US.

Some Thoughts on Representation

How well do single-seat districts lead to representation? (And of what?)

It’s the Single-Seat Districts

Our insistence on relying on an 18th Century understanding of electoral systems is our ongoing bane (if one values representative government).

Eighteen Years of Blogging

Some reflections

Our Political Reality

Voting ourselves out of this mess is not so easy

Speaking of Reform

Let me point you to a reform proposal.

Will the GOP Fracture?

Will there be in-fighting? Yes. A break-up? No.

A GOP Break-Away isn’t Coming

There won’t be a Lincoln Party. It isn’t sustainable.

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All’s Fair, Even if It’s Unfair?

A defense of the indefensible.

Are Electors Free to Choose?

SCOTUS and “faithless electors.”

On the Act of Voting

A discussion of what #NeverTrump means, on Sanders v. Trump, and some about the philosophy of voting.

American Exceptionalism in Choosing the Head of State

We are truly exceptional in how we choose the president.

Comparative Electoral Systems Basics

Some context for ongoing discussions.

The US’ Flawed Democracy

Forget the “republic v. a democracy” abstraction. The numbers show some serious flaws in translating popular will into government.

NSA Has Received No Orders To Act Against Russian Interference In 2018 Election

President Trump continues to deny the reality of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, and he’s failing to act to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Intelligence Chiefs Warn Of Russian Plans To Interfere In Midterm Elections

Intelligence officials are warning that the Russians are set to seek to influence the 2018 elections just as they did in 2016. Despite this, the Trump Administration refuses to acknowledge this publicly while the President seeks to undermine the investigation into past Russian interference.

On German Democracy

Negotiations over government formation is not a crisis.

Explaining Votes for Moore

Voters rank factors before choosing how to vote.

No, the US is not on the Verge of a Multi-Party System

We will have a two party system for the foreseeable future.

Electoral Systems Matter

Decision rules matter.

Institutional Design and Governance

A piece at Foreign Policy provides a chance to give some thought to institutions.

Institutions Matter: Just Look at the Congress

Representative democracy is a process of delegation of power to agents who act on behalf of citizens. The process of delegation matters.

More on Voter ID

Another study shows that voter ID laws negatively affect a lot of Americans.