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Posted: Nov 9 2006, 12:57 PM
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Offficial Report of the Department of Justice on a Potential New Voting System
This report is the result of studies, made by the Helmgoltz Committee at the request of Chief Justice Narragansett, President for Life Alexander Kazansky, the League of Concerned Allaneans, and the Libertarian Party of Allanea National Committee. With the funds provided by Congress under the 2006 budget, we have been able to establish this draft for a Potential New Voting System.
Upon the establishment of the Potential New Voting System (hereafter PNVS) outlined below, any kind of elections to the Allanean House of Representatives will be permanently ended.
While this may sound contradictory in nature, we posit a system where elections to the House of Representatives will be ended, and yet voting will still occur.
Visualize, if you will, a set of powerful and secure computers, running some version of the Linux Operating System (our research recommends some variant of Linspire, however SuSE may also turn out to be modifiable for these purposes). Significantly, this computer, or set of computers, will house personal accounts of approximately six billion Allaneans (every Freeman aged sixteen or over).
Under the new system, any person, at any time, can walk into the House of Congress and become a Congressman. However, he will have only one vote – his own. Using the accounts, Freeman will be able to log in at any time, and add their votes or withdraw them from any Congressman. The salaries of the Congressmen will be proportional to the amount of people endorsing them.
Such a system will eliminate the ‘post-election syndrome’, where Congressmen are seen as performing differently from what they promised in their campaigns, due to either coalition politics or another reason. It will also allow all the Freemen, including those in the minority, to be represented – whereas in the current system, members of small, ‘fringe’ parties, or people whose candidate has lost are no longer relevant for six years until the next election.
More interestingly, it will make the Representatives pay much, much more attention to the opinion of the voters, all the time, rather then just before an election.
While the security concerns exist, we believe there is no reason to believe this system is not secure – not any less secure then the online banking, money-transfer, and stock-dealing software people trust with their livelihood on a daily basis. However, the question of voter privacy remains unresolved by this report.