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    I would like to VOTE more
    With all the new uprisings lately around the globe, it seems as though the "people's" voice is collectively strengthing and screaming to be heard through technology. Perhaps in the future maybe the US will have a candidate offer up his or her decisions to a public vote. Some sort of voting maching using wireless technology would be produced, and a specific time of the day could be vote time after learning about the issues. Until this is all built, perhaps on a local city level, we could see a mayor try this through facebook or twitter. I guess I just feel like Im tired of being let down by our publicly elected officals abusing their power getting bribed by coroprations for govt contracts. I feel like voting every 4 years for someone else to make decisions isnt much of a democracy. Why isn't the public involved more often on more issues? I would like to vote more.... anyone else?

    Sun, Jun 26, 2011  Permanent link

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    {i}Pan~     Sun, Jun 26, 2011  Permanent link
    I see it the other way around.

    I'd like to see voting decline to the point where it's obsolete.

    I don't like the current system we have, but I don't want mob rule either.

    The great thing about social media is that voices get heard. I believe eventually it will be sufficient to supplant our governments. Like a global digital pow-wow. The information gets shared, and I think that's the key thing. The fertilization of ideas and memes.

    As technology and social media's become more robust, simply 'knowing' what everyone else is thinking and doing and feeling should be enough to inform us how to respond to any situation, and thereby hopefully obsoleting the need for any form of 'government' (externally imposed 'enforcement' - not to imply an utter lack of organization).
    GUSTS     Mon, Jun 27, 2011  Permanent link
    I think that the fundamental problem isn't the lack of voting necessarily but the lack of motivation to vote.

    Yes, people want their voice to be heard, but in a system like the US's where our vote technically does not matter (as the popular vote does not grant the presidency) what's even the point?
    syncopath     Tue, Jun 28, 2011  Permanent link
    we may better do with voting 4 ideas than 4 seats that have to be full & filled ....
    Autotelic     Sun, Dec 4, 2011  Permanent link
    UPDATE:
    Something may be brewing with this new website I came across. Its called Americans Elect and The goal of Americans Elect is to nominate a presidential ticket that answers directly to voters—not the political system.

    American voters are tired of politics as usual. They want leaders that will put their country before their party, and American interests before special interests. Leaders who will work together to develop fresh solutions to the serious challenges facing our country. We believe a secure, online nominating process will prove that America is ready for a competitive, nonpartisan ticket.

     http://www.americanselect.org/about 
    Autotelic     Sat, Sep 22, 2012  Permanent link
    UPDATE:

    It looks like Finland is trying their own spin on this idea...
     http://gigaom.com/europe/online-crowdsourcing-can-now-help-build-new-laws-in-finland/ 
    GUSTS     Thu, Jan 10, 2013  Permanent link
    -Sigh- but the two party system reigned supreme...
     
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