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Maxwell Stearns with Mark Smith at Town Hall: Transforming America's Democracy

Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Town Hall Seattle, The Wyncote NW Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.) - Google Map

Can a parliamentary democracy end America’s constitutional crisis?

It’s starting to feel to some people that American elections aren’t offering us much choice, instead compounding the continued issues of our outdated voting system and showing our lack of capacity to face common issues together.

In Parliamentary America, Maxwell L. Stearns argues that the solution to these complex problems is a parliamentary democracy. Stearns considers alternatives such as ranked choice voting, the national popular vote, and congressional term limits, showing why these can’t solve our constitutional crisis. Instead, three amendments—expanding the House of Representatives, having House party coalitions choose the president, and letting the House end a failing presidency based on no confidence—will produce a robust multiparty democracy. These amendments hold an essential advantage over other proposals: by leaving every member of the House and Senate as incumbents in their districts or states, the amendments provide a pressure-release valve against reforms threatening that status.

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