Introduction to Part II

Americans can ameliorate or resolve each of the challenges outlined in Part I through new legislation at the state or federal level, through state or federal constitutional amendments, and through social change. Part II discusses each of these proposed improvements. (A new Constitution II could fix most of these problems all at once; that is the subject of Part III.)

Two of these fixes, “Ranked Choice Voting” and “Fix the Two-Party System”, relate to more than one challenge. To avoid repetition as we present the fixes to each specific challenge, we start with these two fixes in sections 2.1 and 2.2. The remaining fixes appear in the same order as the challenges from Part I:

  • Fixes to the electoral system are in sections 2.3 (presidential selection), 2.4 (the U.S. Senate), 2.5 (gerrymandering), and 2.6 (other election procedures).
  • Section 2.7 summarizes the proposed electoral fixes by method of realization: state laws, federal laws, constitutional amendments, and social change. Section 2.8 then offers a single constitutional amendment that could effect all these electoral system fixes at once.
  • Section 2.9 proposes fixes to congressional rules.
  • Finally Section 2.10 proposes thirteen constitutional amendments to complete the Bill of Rights.

 

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