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Abolish Congressional Districts

All citizens of a State shall vote on the entirety of that State's delegation to the House of Representatives in a proportional manner. Candidates are to campaign to be one of a number of representatives, as opposed to running for to be the one representative of a district in a winner-take-all election.

nathanfh, 11.01.2012, 06:27
Idea status: under consideration


mcmaced, 11.01.2012, 15:00
This suggestion needs clarity. The Constitution is quite clear about House representation. What you seem to be proposing sounds unworkable. What is corrupt about districts is the constant redistricting to benefit one candidate or another. Districts shoud be forever.
nathanfh, 11.01.2012, 17:26
Districts *can't* be forever without violating the one man, one vote principle. All I'm suggesting is that the Representatives for a state be selected in a manner somewhat akin to the way parliaments are elected. There are several methods that accomplish this, I favor STV voting. The only instances in which it might be unworkable are very populous states such as California. States may be allowed to divide themselves into multiple-representative super-districts, but this would be a power held by the states or given over to an algorithmic process.
mcmaced, 20.01.2012, 15:10
I have reconsidered you proposed Amendment and find it to be very promising. Elect all the representatives in Statewide elections is a great idea. It would likely elliminate the 100% control of representatives in my
State of Massachusetts. Love your idea.
edward machnik, 13.02.2012, 14:41
Nathan.................I love your idea of having representatives elected in State wide elections. This will get rid of the corrupt gerrymandering of districts.
Brad, 04.01.2015, 22:36
This also allows for alternate parties to get elected... that is if we go with the alternative voting method.
Tom Stair, 05.11.2016, 15:30
This doesn't even require an amendment. See Article I Section 4: "but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations" We'd just need to convince an majority of the House that they would indeed be re-elected by statewide proportional voting.

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