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Let's get half serious. My disclaimer's simple. I could care less about elections. Sortition or sortition combined with elections would be better. Look at the elections in the States, Obama is going to win because of several factors: for example, he's taller, he's an incumbent. You call that stuff debates. All you're getting is lazy decisions over peripheral cues. Voters don't have to think.

So, for a European president, let's get people back to seriously thinking what citizenry is all about. No one's gonna go for a Dane on the stump in Canicatti. For each legislature each nation chooses a number of candidates based on weighted lots. Candidates are selected and elected in local wards through public deliberation. The elected individuals are then up for sortition on a national level. Each nation has then a set number of citizens who may be chosen through sortition for a fixed and short period to be president or co-president. There could be, say, dual presidency for six month periods. If a legislation lasts for example five years, there would be ten presidents during that period if each pair were to serve six months.  

All European citizens would feel that they are participating because the system would be random and there would be a high probability for a number of states to be represented by distinguished individuals.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Wed Oct 31st, 2012 at 04:48:30 PM EST

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