So why don’t most people vote? Cause it’s a hassle, cause they don’t know enough, cause they don’t care. Well, those who don’t care – that’s fine: trust those who do. Those who care, but don’t know (probably a majority), are a dangerous breed that should be shot…[cough]…no… really, they should be somehow prevented from voting (like those who don’t like Bush only cause he looks funny… which, albeit, he indeed does – the man has about as much charisma as Barney, the pink dinosaur… though Kerry is, arguably, worse). Perhaps a test before voting to make sure that the person has at least a clue… So that leaves us with people like me – those who do care, but are not really into the whole voting thing except for the election day. We are an ignorant breed. In my case perhaps even good-looking, but that somehow does not rectify my ignorance (ah… wallowing in self-admiration – my favorite past time). But seriously, in this day and age, imagine a web-based voting system that would educate the constituents on the subject and then allow them to vote. This way, every member of the society can:
a) vote easily and hassle free
b) review votes to make sure that it counted
c) possibly even change votes before a deadline
Of coure, the down side is that such a system would have to have monster security. But, seems to me that such a thing is not that far fetched. After all, a decentralized web-based system would also allow analysis and control over the data to make sure it is not tampered with.