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I am creating my own version of the 2024 presidential election. I like how it turned out, except for one thing- it has the same outcome every time. I want it to be about a 50/50 chance for either party to win, but I have not been able to simulate a single Republican victory (except against far-left Democrats). I tried narrowing the percentage margin in battleground states, changing issue positions for both states and candidates, and messing around with the percentage of undecided voters. No matter what I do, it always ends the same, almost down to the percentage of the popular vote. So, my simple question is: how do I add a layer of unpredictability to the election? I want it to be possible for either side to win, and for either side to win big.
Question: What could be done to create a more informed electorate? For instance, 1) Should more attention to current events, government and history be given in schools than is currently given? 2) Should the media focus more on informing us on events, government and history rather than focusing on political drama first? 3) Should an independent and bipartisan test be given to register to vote or to vote that somehow proves the voter is informed? 4) Should the candidates, surrogates and political endorsers be required to stick to the issues and avoid personal attacks? 5) Should candidates for office undergo an independent and bipartisan psychological evaluation, knowledge competency test, and executive simulation in order to help judge competency? 6) Should candidates campaigns have much more transparency, including all emails going to an independent and bipartisan committee to be released following the election. Anything extremely questionable could be brought out before the election. 7) Should the two leading 3rd parties be automatically included in the debates, town halls, etc? 8) Should an independent and bipartisan committee redraw congressional lines? 9) Should the ballots present more than just candidate names? Should the platforms be listed beside the names, for instance? Those are just some rhetorical questions I have, and I'm sure there are many more that you might add. I frankly find 21st century populism to be rather frightening.