by Asim Jalis
Anatole Beck proposes an interesting approach to elections. He
calls it Proxy Representation, and describes it here:
Link to Beck's article.
Here is how it works. Beck writes: "[Each] voter would decide
which of the candidates he would be willing to empower with his
proxy in the legislature, and vote for them all in a preferential
ballot. [...] Each of the elected candidates would then have a
mandate which was the number of proxies he ended up with and, in
the legislature, each of the elected candidates would be able to
cast as many votes on each issue as there were proxies in his
This stops gerrymandering because regardless of how the districts
are chopped up, each person's proxy vote is guaranteed to make it
to the legislature.
Each elected representative is as powerful as the number of votes
he got in the election.
It might be interesting to try this in small organizations and
clubs to see how well it works in practice.