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  • It seems to me that plenty of people are either contemplating electoral reform or open to considering it. After the 2000 election every other pundit (and especially the Democratic ones) were wondering aloud what could be done to prevent a minority-elected president in the future. But most people who start thinking about this run into the sense that there's no easy fix that would never break down or that won't come back to haunt them later on. (E.g.: Republicans who voted for the 22nd Amendment in the wake of FDR, only to find that it barred Ike and Reagan from ever taking 3rd terms. Or the points raised by Arrow's Theorem [vill.edu].) I know I'd be thoroughly skeptical of any proposed sweeping federal changes that weren't tested in more than one state for more than one 2-year period.

    Anyway, you might be interested in The Midwest Democracy Center [midwestdemocracy.org] and The Center for Voting and Democracy [fairvote.org].