New York Times
Formulas for a Clean
Letter to the Editor
Warren Christopher ("The Stalling of Election Reform,"
Op-Ed, Sept. 15) rightly decries the appalling failure on the part
of Congress to pass meaningful election reform legislation.
We should not only ensure that votes are actually
counted; we should ensure that votes actually count. To do that, the
country should engage in a thorough debate ó under the auspices of a
presidential commission and various state-level commissions ó about
alternative voting systems, including proportional voting methods
for representative assemblies and instant runoff voting for
Not to consider sensible, readily available
alternative voting systems as part of our election reform efforts
does a disservice to the American electorate and to the future of
Voting and Democracy