Fixing Elections: America's Winner-Take-All Politics

WED, FEB 5, 2003 (1:13:51)

Political analyst Steven Hill discusses his book, Fixing Elections: The Failure of America's Winner-Take-All Politics (Routledge, 2002). An exhaustive study completed in 2000 found that the last four decades of the 20th century have seen the lowest levels of voter turnout in our nation's history. Among the explanations for this were the public's distaste for modern campaign techniques, our front-loaded system of nominating candidates, and the Electoral College that renders non-swing states irrelevant in deciding elections. Has voter apathy grown too great? Is our current voting system broken beyond repair? What can be done to restore America's faith in participatory democracy?

Hill believes that the root of our political failures is our winner-take-all electoral system. In his new book, he shows why the Electoral College is an antiquated system in desperate need of overhaul, and proposes reasonable, proven solutions for change based on European political models.

Steven Hill is Senior Analyst for the Center for Voting and Democracy in Washington, DC. His analyses and commentaries have been published in dozens of magazines and journals, including The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Nation. Previously, he co-authored Reflecting All of Us.

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