Elections: Updating the Outmoded

Fresh from the conventions, the Senators and Representatives who convened in rump session last week had one new item of special concern on their unfinished calendar of business. In both houses, Democrats and Republicans called for early and effective reform of the nation's electoral system.

The appeal for change came first from Wisconsin Democrat Gaylord Nelson, who rose to denounce the national conventions as "antiquated and undemocratic." He proposed the formation of a 30-man bipartisan commission, including Congressmen, candidates' representatives and presidential appointees, to hammer out a reform program to be presented next August. The reforms could take any of...