Computerized Government

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o how is it all made to work???

I can only give you my personal vision of what I believe can and should happen. Many of my predictions and estimates may be in error or may require modification but the general view should be a fair approximation to the truth.

First and foremost, running and improving civilization should be "fun". It isn't a dirty buisness after all (politics makes it so). It should be more like running and improving the field of computers. Something new and improved every day - constant amusement and amazement at what is possible - an invigorating competitive spirit - a joy to wake up to each and every morning - the participation of all in something worthwhile.

Now... Details !

Each man has a voter number. The highest voter number corresponds to the total number of voters. When you die, your voter number is recycled. This is to prevent anyone from getting away with "extra votes". If someone uses your computerized vote you will know about it right away.

You also receive a four digit access code (like a bankcard) to prevent unauthorized use. [ When secure transmissions are perfected you probably won't need this precaution.]

When you want to vote for someone you log on to your voter file (the information kept by the government to verify your identity, etc.) and type in the voter number of the person you're voting for.
How do you get his voter number? He gives it to you. Remember he's a personal acquaintance of yours. Presumably the "votee" would or could log on to his file and enter an authorization code thereby verifying that he accepts your vote. [This step may proove to be unnecessary.]
Of course, if you want to take your vote(s) away no authorization would be required.

If you receive votes from others, they are automatically sent on to the person you have chosen as your representative. Remember all the votes you receive must be passed up to a single individual in order to preserve the "orderly chain of command". If you withdraw your votes they all go to your new selected representative as though they were one big vote.

Suppose that you want to withdraw your votes now but have not selected a new representative? This is another option, i.e. on hold. The drawback to this option will be that during the time you hold back your votes neither you nor your electors (constituents) will be represented and neither you nor your electors will be paid (yes, you should get paid some amount of $ set by the chain of command - my suggested pay scale is explored in another section).

After you've exhausted your friends, relatives and coworkers how do you acquire more votes? You may solicit door to door, advertise, anything which is non-coercive, i.e. anything which does not violate the general definition of voting as understood by the average person (the ones who have a commitment to representative government). A higher representative may need to search far and wide (all over the country) for more votes. How will he find others with correspondingly large numbers of votes? He uses a search engine on the voter files to find people who have large numbers of votes and similar views.
In your voter file you enter relevant data you want to share with other voters such as your phone number, age, philosophical preferences, a picture of yourself ... whatever. You may restrict this data on the basis of the number of votes presently 'owned' by the person making the search query. Example: "I don't want anyone with less than 5000 votes to get my phone number. However, the rest of the data is available to all."

Now you can find people, call them up, arrange a meeting, agree/disagree, transact voting or not, whatever. This face to face meeting also fulfills the necessary personal acquaintance restriction of the constitution. Whatever you do, you don't do it blind.

What if you don't have the money to go travelling around the country scrounging votes? This is easy. When you vote or recast your vote(s), 1$ per vote is subtracted from your salary as a representative and transferred to the account of the person for whom you have voted. If you've got 5000 votes, you've got enough cash for planefare and hotel accomodations. And if my pay scale were in effect you'd have considerably more (enough to quit your day job).

Let's say you suspect that your representative is lying to you about the way he is voting. How do you find out where your vote(s) go after you cast them for someone else. For this question you use the search engine again and put a trace on your votes. You can also do a trace on another candidate and see how his votes go. Then decide if you want to switch your votes to facilitate the service of your best judgement. Of course, your electors can do the same to you so you must stay in contact with them always to be sure of not losing their votes by not serving their best judgement. And if you want to make a change in your policies, you must be careful to explain everything to the satisfaction of your electors or the boom gets lowered (real easy).

You may also want to know who else is voting for your representative. Once again you use the search engine to see who voted for him. And others can see who you voted for as well.

A word about privacy here:

When you vote anyone can find out who you voted for. If you don't like this the system cannot work. It is necessary. Private voting is for the frontier where you're afraid of getting shot if the "bad guys" find out you didn't vote for "2-gun Pete" (their made guy candidate). I'm not afraid of such things. There's too much at stake to be afraid of a few parasites.
(One possible exception is the individual who votes but receives no votes. In this case, it may not be necessary to make public the voters' preference.)

So there are three basic things to do with the search engine.

  1. Find people to get or give votes (phone #'s) ...
  2. See where votes go (trace path) ...
  3. See who voted for whom (check electors) ...
The voting department or government will also use the search engine to determine who has "too many personal acquaintances". For instance, every file claiming over 100 personal acquaintances might be 'flagged' for random spot checks. If your name comes up someone from the voting commission will call on you and ask questions about your electors. If you can't pick out their faces in a group of pictures and give some information on them your votes would be returned to those electors with a warning to abide by the personal acquaintance provision of the constitution or face fines and/or jail in the extreme case. This is not a major problem since only a great deal of non-personal acquaintance votes would actually harm the political process. This will be a nuisance problem.

Lastly, suppose you don't have a computer to do all this good stuff? You use the telephone and punch numbers to select options and send information to your file. (Or fill out a card/form and send it in)
When can you vote? Anytime 24 hrs per day - 365 days per year. Why not? Perhaps you are thinking that being able to remove a representative anytime would reduce his effectiveness. I think you can convince youself that the opposite will be the case (give it a try).




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