“For post-shutdown reform ideas, many look to California”

The Los Angeles Times reports.

Regardless of who draws the lines, the electorate remains polarized politically and geographically, with liberal Democrats concentrated in parts of the state and conservative Republicans in others. The number of districts actually open to a centrist candidate is small.

Legislative gridlock did end in California, but not because moderates flooded into the statehouse. Instead, Democrats picked up a supermajority of seats, giving them unbridled control of Sacramento.

“A strong debate is raging over whether any of these things make a difference,” said Rick Hasen, an elections expert at UC Irvine School of Law. “Do they lead to centrists more willing to compromise? The early evidence from California is no.”

Still, supporters of election changes remain optimistic about the state’s moves and the chances of similar ideas taking root elsewhere.

Seth Masket’s right: It’s Top-Two Friday! 

See also my coverage of the NYT article.


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