Whose Vote Counts?

By Robert Richie; Steven Hill; Joshua Cohen (Editor)
(Beacon Press (MA), Paperback, 9780807044230, 120pp.)

Publication Date: May 2001

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Democracy takes place when the silent find their voice, and when we begin to listen to what they have to say. --Lani Guinier, from the Foreword

In Whose Vote Counts?, Robert Richie and Steven Hill listen to what the silent are saying. They argue that we need a new way of electing our representatives to combat voter apathy and the leveling of political views. Such a system already exists in many parts of the world, including places in the United States: proportional representation. Leading activists respond in essays that illustrate what our country could look like if all qualified citizens became voters, and if they all felt their vote contributed to more than just the winning or losing tally.

The New Democracy Forum is a series of short paperback originals exploring creative solutions to our most urgent national concerns.

About the Author
Robert Richie and Steven Hill are executive director and West Coast director, respectively, of the Center for Voting and Democracy, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that promotes reforms to increase fair representation and voter participation. Robert Richie lives in Washington, D.C., and Steven Hill lives in San Francisco, California.

Steven Hill is Director of the Political Reform Program for the New America Foundation and author of "10 Steps to Repair American Democracy" and other books on politics. His articles have appeared in the "New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, " Salon.com, "TheNation, International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, Prospect, " and many other publications and websites.

Cohen is Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Editor in Chief of Boston Review.
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