What if citizens could vote on laws, written and sponsored by representatives, instead of just allowing representatives to vote on their behalf? How would we run government with this type of Direct Democracy?
While keeping the basic structure of our government in place, this change would give some power back to the people. As we diminish the voting power of politicians, we would also be getting money out of politics.
Secure voting may be done online using blockchain verification (as used by Bitcoin). 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 (e.g. 30% or 50%) to determine the representative’s vote. 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.
Although the decentralization of power is the goal, we do not advocate no government whatsoever. Any society requires organized effort to improve the quality and security of the lives of its individual members, but these organized efforts should never become rigid top-down control systems unresponsive to the people who created them. The overall aim of this site is to promote more democracy and to take political control away from corporate lobbyists, party bosses, politicians, and union leaders. Visitors are invited to fill out survey forms for each issue.
-Victoria Alexander, Editor and Libertarian candidate for Congress NY19
Collect petition signatures. Between June 21 and July 23, we need to collect 3,500 signatures from registered voters in NY District 19 to get Victoria Alexander’s name on the ballot on the Libertarian line. Click petition icon to download. After you collect the signatures (10 per page) sign each page as witness at the bottom and mail the competed petitions to Hudson Valley Libertarian Party chair, Gary Treistman, at the address on the petition. Very important: people signing the petition must print their names clearly below their signature, give their full address, and, in the column marked “city/town,” write the name of the township where they are registered to vote, which may not be the same name as the village or hamlet where they live; if voters aren’t sure of their township name, they can leave that blank.
Recommended US organizations that are either working towards decentralization or for more citizen participation.
One Voice Now, local public broadcasting
“America is not a true democracy, but it could be with the help of technology,” by Nicole Softness.