What if citizens could vote on laws? What if a majority of voters could come together and veto the representative’s vote on a particular bill? If we could diminish the voting power of politicians in this way, we would also be getting money out of politics.
Without changing our Constitution, without adding any new laws, and keeping the basic structure of our Republic / Representative Democracy in place, Representatives could elect to give some power back to the people, by allowing a majority vote to override a his/her vote on any bill. 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. 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 localized democracy and to take political control away from corporate lobbyists, party bosses, politicians, Wall St bankers, and union leaders. Visitors are invited to fill out survey forms for each issue.
Victoria Alexander, editor, DirectDemocracyUS.org and candidate for Congress NY19
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.