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ASU Professor: Cumulative Voting Could Make Arizona's Legislature Less Polarized

Published: Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 2:35pm
Updated: Sunday, January 17, 2021 - 9:30am
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The Arizona Legislature is back in session, and after November’s elections, Republicans hold one seat majorities in both the House and Senate.

The margins were similarly close last year, and while the pandemic forced the session to end early, there were still plenty of partisan disagreements.

James Strickland has an idea, though, for reducing polarization at the state Capitol.

Strickland is an assistant professor of political science at Arizona State University, and recently wrote an op-ed in the Arizona Capitol Times advocating for a system called cumulative voting.

Making the change would require a constitutional amendment, but he says it would allow more parts of the state to be represented by members from both major parties. 

The Show spoke with Strickland for more about the system.

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