Tuesday, April 17, 2012

How to Set Term Limits Without Setting Term Limits

It's really quite simple, every time you run for re-election, you have to win by a greater margin than you did in the previous election. So, the first time you're elected, if "x" is the number of votes cast, you have to win 0.5x + 1 in order to win. If you stand for reelection, you have to win 0.51x + 1 votes to win, a second reelection would require 0.52x + 1 to win, and so on. This would automatically offset the incumbent's advantage in seeking re-election, but it would allow a truly popular and effective leader to win more terms than a strict term limit allows.

2 Comments:

Blogger Noumenon said...

And the Republican candidate running against Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco this year is... Osama bin Laden!

1:08 AM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

It would encourage incumbents to develop the next generation of their party to avoid just such a circumstance.

6:56 PM  

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