Sunday, July 26, 2009

California: Sortition for constitutional Convention

Governing, July 2009, Volume 22, Number Ten, page thirteen

A business group in California, the Bay Area Council, is pushing sortition. A constituional convention would have delgates chosen randomly by a "jury-pool" approach. The article noted that the resulting constitution would have to be approved by the voters, and questioned whether experts and lobbyists would have undue influence on "semi-informed" delegates.

  • Why not let the political science professors at all of California's Universities act as advisors?
  • Why not allow the conv ention to send thorugh several proposals to be voted on by the votes by approval voting?

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