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All the electoral reforms discussed so far share one thing in common, and that is a preoccupation with the way votes are counted. Although vote counting is an honorable charge and worth our consideration, we’re going to move on and focus our attention on vote sizing, because as we’ll soon see, vote sizing functions in a different league altogether. To begin with, slight modification and spreading around of the votes in different ways is just not enough to remedy all the kinds of problems that have been outlined. And even if vote counting reforms are what’s needed, then vote sizing is still a good way of getting there because it supersedes vote counting reforms by providing the political clout to the specific people most affected and lets them put these (and many other) reforms in place.
Secondly, vote sizing addresses problems that vote counting doesn’t. In contrast to vote counting, which seeks to address the way that votes are tallied in order to give voters the sense that all their votes are equal, vote sizing seeks to actually tip the scales of each individual’s vote, giving to poor and middle class citizens a feeling of uniqueness and enhanced personal responsibility over their ability to participate in the electoral process. The overall effect of this shift of power every election is to further increase the democratic feedback loop that, as we saw above, has historically kept our society moving ahead. Although vote sizing is an incredibly powerful tool that we can use to work on the political engine, it is not the engine itself. It leaves it up to us to decide for ourselves what path we want to go down. Therefore, it is very flexible, and even within the vote sizing world, we’re going to find a wide variety of possible applications.Click here for reuse options!
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