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DEPARTMENTS  OF  GOVERNMENT IN A STATE.       295
characteristics does not accord well with the idea of indepen-
dence on the voter's part.
4. Mr. Thomas Hare's plan, which has been advocated by
Mr. J. S. Mill, Mr. Fawcett, the political economist, and by
many others, has the following features : Every voter places
on his list the name of his first choice at the head, and after-
wards others whom he would accept as his representatives in
the order of his preference. There is to be a fixed electoral
quota of votes as in the plan last mentioned, and the elector,
in selecting his subsidiary candidates is not to be confined to
his own district, but may range all over the country. When
the votes are counted the person having the quota is elected,
and his surplus goes to the next following, and so on. In this
way every vote will tell for the measures which are favored
by him who casts it. The plan will tend to elect the person
who is the voter's first choice, first, and others in their order.
It seems to be just; it represents the country, not the dis-
trict ; and it is proportional. Fifty thousand voters in a party
can return fifty members, if one thousand elects one, and they
will probably be the best members of the party. Yet with
these advantages the plan labors under very serious disad-
vantages. How can ordinary electors select ten, not to say
twenty or fifty names of persons by whom they would wish
to be represented, in the order of intelligent preference ? The
result, probably, would be less independence, a more com-
pact system of instruction given by preparing committees
to the electors whom to choose than now. Add to this the
work of counting and arranging, which would be far greater
than at present. It is needless to add that to the election
of single officers it would have no application, an objection
which applies equally to the other three which have been
mentioned.
 221.
There are two ways of choosing representatives and execu-
Direct and indirect ^ve officers, when a constitution places the right
elections.              Qf ^0^ not ;n ^ fonds of another power,
but of the people, or voting part of the people themselves.