Proportional representation gives everyone a reason to get out and vote

Commentary | July 18, 2001 | By John Burbank | Tacoma news Tribune

We all know about Florida, where a couple of hundred votes and thousands of disputed ballots determined a presidential election. But have you ever heard of David Harrison, Joyce McDonald, Adrienne Thompson and Lois McMahan? All are legislators who could have been if the vote totals had swung just a percentage point in their favor in Pierce and Kitsap counties last November. And all are victims of the winner-take-all system of voting we take for granted here. It is something for our legislators to consider as they debate a new system of voting.

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