What if citizens could vote on laws, written and sponsored by representatives, instead of just allowing representatives to vote for them? How would we run government with this type of Direct Democracy?
In a Direct Democracy every representative would be required to vote on bills according to the majority vote of his/her constituents. This would keep the basic structure of our current government in place, but it would take power away from politicians and give it back to the people. As we diminish the voting power of politicians, we would also be getting money out of politics. We can start by asking our representatives to voluntarily allow constituents to post their votes on the representative’s official website.
Secure voting may be done online using blockchain verification (as used by Bitcoin) or by paper ballots at local post offices and government offices. The number and length of bills going up for votes in each year would need to be drastically reduced in a Direct Democracy to encourage sufficient participation. Currently, very few representatives have time to read all the bills that they vote on and citizens never hear about most of them. This is an unacceptable situation.
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Recommended US organizations that are either working towards decentralization or for more citizen participation.