Jameson, this is a fascinating topic. The major problem I see is with PLACE and PAD is that they are very difficult to understand. When some percentage of your electorate is dumb enough to think a presidential candidate is running a child sex ring in the basement of a pizza parlor I see no hope in explaining this system sufficiently to get it adopted.

You’re also facing the problem of changing from a system where people in a district elect a representative from that district to people in a group of districts electing a group of representatives. That’s a major conceptual change to grasp on top of the complicated mechanics.

Clearly, this is a problem that needs to be solved. I’m not sure this is practical from a pragmatic point of view.

— David Grace

Graduate of Stanford University & U.C. Berkeley Law School. Author of 17 novels and over 200 Medium columns on Economics, Politics, Law, Humor & Satire.

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