What do do about a Polarized Electorite

September 17, 2020 by stephenshubert

How the story of impeachment tells the story of polarization

The leaks from John Bolton’s forthcoming book are only the most recent revelations in the impeachment process. But despite all the revelations from current and former Trump officials, the chart of public support for removing Trump from office has been a flat line. Nothing changes people’s views.

An Unsettling New Theory: There Is No Swing Voter

What if everything you think you know about politics is wrong? What if there aren’t really American swing voters—or not enough, anyway, to pick the next president? What if it doesn’t matter much who the Democratic nominee is? What if there is no such thing as “the center,” and the party in power can govern however it wants for two years, because the results of that first midterm are going to be bad regardless? What if the Democrats’ big 41-seat midterm victory in 2018 didn’t happen because candidates focused on health care and kitchen-table issues, but simply because they were running against the party in the White House? What if the outcome in 2020 is pretty much foreordained, too?Rachel Bitecofer’s radical new theory predicted the midterms spot-on. So who’s going to win 2020?

What choices are available to us? 

One  choice, which is growing in popularity,  is Rank Choice Voting. Ranked-choice voting (RCV) is a simple improvement to the way we vote.On a ranked-choice ballot, you get to rank the candidates in your order of preference. If your first choice doesn’t win, then your vote goes to your second choice. Want more information?

Will this simple step, used in an increasing number of states and localities, build political consensus in our splintered nation?  – By Stephen

 

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