DWE February Meeting
The next Monthly Meeting is 9:00 PM Eastern (6:00 PM Pacific) on Tuesday 16 February. You will receive an email soon containing the Zoom link.
Featuring a presentation by Terry Bouricius:
Replacing elected representatives with citizens selected by lot is not enough!
Democracy through lotteries cannot simply replace elected representatives with people selected by lot. The procedures and entire structure of an allotted body needs to be completely different. In elected chambers most work is done by small committees, with the other members simply following the lead of the members of their party serving on each committee. Elected members put together a partisan staff who help them develop policy positions with the goal of assuring their re-election. A properly functioning system based on democratic lotteries shouldn't rely on partisan staff or small committees with partisan leadership. In this talk, Terry Bouricius, a former state representative, and current democratic lottery advocate, will explain how elected legislative bodies actually function, and how lottery mini-publics might function instead.