Considering that I've been voting in Israeli Elections since the Elections of 1973, which took place just over 39 years ago, I consider the system rather normal. I must admit that this is the only system I've voted in, outside of student councils and youth movements of my youth and our local Shiloh elections, which I keep being appointed to run, or at least be on the committee.
Every electoral system has its problems and unique ways of distorting the essence of democracy. Unlike most immigrants from the United States, I don't think the system there is perfect. It has its faults, too. The best thing about the American Government is its system of "checks and balances" which is supposed to prevent any one of the three governmental authorities, executive, justice and legislature, from dominating the other two.
There are two inherent weaknesses in the American voting system for the President, executive and also the legislature, Congress and Senate.
- gerrymandering- districts and even states can be very uneven in terms of population making a mockery of democracy, since each district has the same vote. People from densely populated districts have less power than the less populated districts. This can cause someone to be elected President who received fewer popular votes, since the Electoral College is based on the districts.
- winner take all- Even in the closest of races, the loser has no position, no power and no influence.
Let's pray that democracy and our ordinary Israeli citizens don't let us down tomorrow.