(@opengov2)

Legal & Policy Challenges

Open electronic voting

A major impediment to transparent government is the widespread use of insecure electronic voting machines. These machines have been shown to be easily hackable, thus opening the door wide to voter fraud. Ultimately, an election might be rigged entirely, with no way to do a "recount" to correctly determine the will of the electorate. A transparent government would mandate that all electronic voting machine hardware ...more »

Voting

63 votes
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(@brent01)

Making Government Operations More Open

Open source / paper ballot voting systems

The current electronic voting systems have been concluded as lacking appropriate security due to design and software code issues. Open source software systems have been demonstrated as an inexpensive security solution. The country should move toward open source / paper ballot voting systems that displace the current proprietary code syatems. Fee waivers for open source systems, EAC appointments to those understanding ...more »

Voting

55 votes
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(@longshot9999)

New Strategies and Techniques

There's a conceptual flaw in this process

The goal of having the most popular ideas bubble up to the surface for discussion in the next phase is a good one, but ideas that generate a huge amount of voting could sink to the bottom the way the votes are logged now. If half a million people like an idea and half a million don't then it will show up with zero votes on the balance. Personally I'd like to see the total number of votes displayed too so these ideas ...more »

Voting

37 votes
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(@karidrgn)

Do-It-Yourself Government

Changes to elections / breaking the two party system

I've heard ideas of how to add additional parties to our system. Right now due to our laws people don't vote for folks outside of Dems or Repubs cause if they do the person they REALLY don't like will be elected. So, I heard a way where if the person you select doesn't get X % of the vote then you can vote for a backup candidate.

Voting

37 votes
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(@lihu00)

Uncategorized

VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLAR

I propose that we tally up what we should pay in taxes at the end of every year and that we should be able to elect to send the money to the public program(s) of our choice. If our concern is education, then we should send some to the school our kids go to. If the concern is poverty, send some to the soup kitchen or the the rehabilitation center or the job service agency that helps those folks. If our concern is potholes ...more »

Voting

26 votes
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(@stalepie09)

Do-It-Yourself Government

Voting on issues

I would like to be able to vote on issues directly, rather than having elected representatives vote for us. With internet sites we could vote for which issues are worthwhile, then have a second vote that decides how the issue should be handled.

Voting

25 votes
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(@phil001)

Legal & Policy Challenges

Legal accountability for campaign promises

There should be an established framework for politicians to make *binding* pre-election promises. Perhaps some sort of federal filing form, similar to "registering" to be on a ballot. Along with their registration, they should be required to file a document of what things they truely promise to stick to, if elected. Then, if they are elected, and violate those promises.... They should be directly, and instantly, impeachable, ...more »

Voting

24 votes
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(@robertdavidsteelevivas)

New Strategies and Techniques

Electoral Reform

Both the Executive and Congress are in constant betrayal of the public trust because they represent less than 30% of the public. 70% of America did not vote for Obama, but to be fair to him, he is the same as Bush--irrelevant as long as we have a system owned by Wall Street. We must demand of Obama and Congress, the latter as the price for not being recalled or defeated in 2010, an Electoral Reform Act along the following ...more »

Voting

19 votes
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(@bryanrosander)

Uncategorized

Allow Users to Change Their Vote

When I vote on an issue on opengov, I can't change it later if I change my mind. I propose that users should have the capability to remove or change their vote on an issue. In order to maintain accountability, their voting history on that issue should be accessible with the times of their changes.

Voting

12 votes
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(@grassrootsunity)

New Strategies and Techniques

Obama ellicit a national awreness discussion on The State of Our Democracy

The systems that are supposed to make our democracy the best in the world are failing us. That is why the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was passed about 10 years ago, supposedly to fix certain problems. We now know that it was an utter boondoggle which pushed the country towards electronic voting, an outrageous "failure of the imagination." We need to take pride in the working of our democracy again and to do that ...more »

Voting

3 votes
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(@hinesda)

Uncategorized

Instant Runoff Voting

The vote should be one of IRV. The voter lists his preferences in order. If his first choice gets the fewest votes, his second choice gets his vote. The process is repeated until a candidate gets a plurality.

 

This does complicate the counting of votes. However, it improves the public dialogue, and encourages political participation.

Voting

1 vote
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(@evan.mcgown)

New Strategies and Techniques

Internet Voting to Replace Congress for Representation

The strategy of having elected Congress members to represent constituencies was applicable when we had such a spread out citizen population and no technology to get every voice heard. We now have the technology available to truly have a government by the people. We will of course need congress-people, but their and their staff's role will be merely to sort through people-generated ideas (like this website)and to formulate, ...more »

Voting

-7 votes
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(@jsnow0)

New Strategies and Techniques

Allow voters to vote for more than one presidential candidate.

Approval voting[1] is a system where a voter may vote for as many candidates as he or she wishes. As an example, suppose a voter likes a particular third party candidate, as well as a mainstream candidate. Should the voter "throw their vote away" on the candidate who isn't likely to win, or vote for the mainstream candidate? With approval voting, they could simply vote for both candidates. The candidate with the ...more »

Voting

-9 votes
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(@corycasanave)

New Strategies and Techniques

Who are the open government dialog participants?

The idea of the open government dialog is great, but who are we having a dialog with? Using the “town meeting” analogy, there are no anonymous participants. When you say something in such a meeting you usually are known or state your name. Perhaps the same should apply here – the participating citizens should identify themselves. Part of a dialog is trust, how can I trust an anonymous voice? How many voices are really ...more »

Voting

-16 votes
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