Has anything like this ever been tried before?

Has anything like this ever been tried before?

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Structurally speaking, no. But even though the Neighborhood Legislature is a new system, it is securely based on real-world data and has its roots deeply planted in the political philosophy of our Founding Fathers.

 

In states with small electoral districts, campaigns cost very little. In fact, they cost just over $600 dollars in New Hampshire, which has only about 3,000 constituents per State Assemblyman. In state with such small districts, money has been shown to be irrelevant in political races. Furthermore, voter turnout is higher in these states, ideological diversity is greater, partisanship is reduced, and legislative productivity is increased.

 

Consider some of these quotes by America’s Founding Fathers. The Neighborhood Legislature was created in the spirit of words such as these: 


“This representative assembly… should be in miniature an exact portrait of the people at large. Equal interests among the people should have an equal interests in it.” – John Adams


 “(The people consent) to leave the legislative part to be managed by a select number chosen from the whole body, who are supposed to have the same concerns at stake which those who appointed them, and who will act in the same manner as the whole body would act, were they present.” – Thomas Paine


 “If the colony continues increasing, it will become necessary to augment the number of the representatives, and that the interest of every part of the colony may be attended to”  – Thomas Paine 


 “Those who are placed instead of the people, should possess their sentiments and feelings, and be governed by their interests.” – Robert Yates


 

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