Election Apparatus: Who Gets Elected and Why

The following is an excerpt from “Political Gridlock”
Many Americans assume that the most popular candidate (the one who earns the most votes) wins the election. However, as we saw in the 2000 presidential election, this is not the case. Al Gore won five hundred thousand more votes than George Bush and still lost the election. This resulted because presidents are elected based on the number of electoral votes they receive rather than the popular vote of the people.
The Electoral College is part of what I will call the election apparatus, which includes all the rules around which an election is organized. It has a profound but, in many ways, unrecognized influence on election outcomes. Among other things, our existing election apparatus does the following:
1. Makes it virtually impossible for moderate candidates to win elections; eliminates moderate candidates in favor of more partisan ones and does so in a manner that is invisible to voters and pundits alike
2. Disenfranchises some voters and prevents their votes from ever affecting election outcomes
3. Creates congressional districts where the outcome of a general election is a forgone conclusion
4. Reduces the responsiveness of elected representatives to their constituents
5. Makes it possible for some groups to exert influence out of proportion to their numbers
6. Gives political organizations an inflated sense of their own popularity, thereby causing them to advance radical political agendas

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Let’s Break the Gridlock

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Congressional approval ratings stand around 10% reflecting the political gridlock that dominates our government. Everyone I talk to is frustrated by our political leadership, but few incumbents are defeated, and their replacements are often more ideologically extreme than the legislators they replace. One would expect a “throw the bums out” movement would eventually clean house and get things rolling again, but elections seem to have little impact. The political parties continue to push ideological agendas with no effort to ever find common ground. If we are going to get our country moving again, we can’t leave things up to the politicians any longer. Neither can we continue to complain without figuring out what is needed.

Last September during the government shutdown, I concluded that something had to be done, and finally gave up waiting on someone else to do it. For months I studied the situation from an operating perspective to identify the root causes of gridlock. I learned a lot and now share what I found in a book called Political Gridlock, It’s Time for a Reboot. The book examines factors that contribute to our political stalemate and offers possible solutions. It also identifies ways of empowering moderate voters to bridge the chasm between political extremes. It is not the final solution to all our challenges, but it is a starting point. If you’re ready to quit complained and start doing something to combat political gridlock I invite you to join the discussion.<

Politics is getting in the way of progress

Our political parties are so intent on blocking each others’ agendas that nothing gets done.  Political gridlock is the result.  The book “Political Gridlock It’s Time for a Reboot” diagnoses the factors that contribute to gridlock and presents strategies to get our government working again.