When discussing why the Senate is borked, the problem we’re trying to solve needs to be understood. I argued this yesterday in an analysis of how the hubris of various parties caused batshit preference flows. The problem is not — and never will be — the number of candidates on the ballot. The problem is the way senators are selected through the Hare-Clark model.
I have two models with which I’ve been playing around: one is a tweaked Hare-Clark model; the other is a positional voting system with a quota-balance.
Before I discuss those two things, let’s revisit what the problems with the current Senate system are.