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Simon Threlkeld writes about democracy and is a former lawyer, has an MA in philosophy (University of Toronto) and a law degree (Osgoode Hall Law School). He lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Crowd inside West Hartford Town Hall, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Let Juries Legislate: Why Citizen Juries Are Better Than the Ballot Initiative for Citizen Lawmaking Proposes that legislative juries drawn from the public by random selection are a far more democratic, informed and fair method of citizen lawmaking than the ballot initiative. Proposes that randomly sampled juries replace both the signature requirement and popular vote parts of the ballot initiative.
Supreme Court US 2010, From WikimediaPhotos
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Resolved: Judges Should be Chosen by Citizen Juries Resolved: America's judges be chosen by randomly sampled citizen juries rather than the present methods. Citizen juries would be a far better and a far more democratic way to choose judges.
American democracy has been hacked...Al Gore, From GoogleImages
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 20, 2016
We Can Improve the Democratic Process Three proposals to improve the democratic process: 1) It would be far more democratic for public office holder to be chosen by randomly sampled citizen juries rather than by popular vote. 2) If politicians continue to be chosen by popular vote, then the rules under which they are elected should be decided by juries. 3) Juries are a much better basis for the public funding of elections than campaign vouchers.