VOTING AND DEMOCRACY

August 19, 1997
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Guests

Katherine Redford

Co-founder and co-director of EarthRights International. She founded the organization with her husband, the Burmese human rights activist Ka Hsaw Wa.

With the huge amounts of money spent in nationwide elections, and the time candidates devote to raising those precious dollars, it might appear obvious that money is the most important factor in determining whether a candidate wins an election.

But not according to the Center for Voting and Democracy, an organization that that researches the electoral system. In a new study, the Center says that there is a far stronger correlation between the winning candidate’s party, and how that district voted in the presidential race, than the top campaign spender and the winner.

Guest:
• Rob Richie, executive director of the Center for Voting and Democracy, a non profit educational organization based in Washington, DC. The Center focuses on the impact of voting systems on political representation, voter turnout, and the influence of money in elections.