Democracy/Voting

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Democracy/Voting

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education. Franklin D. Roosevelt

If a political party receives 30 percent of the popular vote, it should receive 30 percent of the seats – not 50% or 10%, or 0% but 30%. Why do we have difficulty understanding that?  Matt Foster – Civis Mundi Sum

Preamble Considerations

But first a question: Would you consider, and possibly sign, a worldwide petition (to all 196 countries) every 14 days that was designed to make a meaningful change for all of mankind? That is what this idea of Civis Mundi is all about!

If you are aboriginal or possibly a minority, poor, a low-wage worker, a student, or a senior citizen then the right-winged parties will try to find a way to keep you from voting – period! When this is coupled with extremists doing God’s work it can mean trouble for democracy. We should take up the challenge and do everything we can to guarantee that they do not succeed in their goal of disenfranchising individuals within these groups of individuals. In addition, we need to persistently improve democracy, and its voting system, to work for people.

If we want to make a 25 year plan to improve both democracy and the voting system, we need to gather ideas for consideration – here are some ideas to get started:

  • Obstacles to voting and attempts to disenfranchise voters by radical right wing zealots
  • Accurate, and up to date, voter enumeration and voter lists
  • Reasonable voter identification verification should be government responsibility and priority
  • Reasonable poll hours for all groups, including workers, students, seniors
  • Reasonable advance polling with reasonable hours
  • Absolute voter and vote equality
  • Consistent and easily understood ballots
  • Adequate staffing of polling stations to avoid waiting
  • Reasonable polling distances from voter base
  • Voting time after normal working hours to maximize turnout
  • Provide for vouching
  • Rehabilitated felon disenfranchisement consideration
  • Use of caging lists to discredit and embarrass legitimate voters
  • Right to have ones vote represented
  • Expose the inadequacies of winner-take-all voter systems
  • Adequate opportunities for public to understand platforms and to quiz candidates
  • Penalties for attempting to deceive public with robo calls
  • All citizens have the right to vote and run for public office
  • Citizenship requirements and enforcement
  • Foreign interference in domestic government, private armies
  • Undemocratic electoral systems
  • Separation of religion and state
  • Voting machine fraud
  • Proportional representative systems
  • Minority and women’s representation
  • Consider voter registration via the internet
  • Compulsory voting consideration

The first global petition might look something like this:

Directed To: The governments of all 196 countries on this earth.

 “To fully meet the equity standard an electoral system should allow every citizen’s vote to be equal to the vote of every other citizen and represent every citizen equally, we therefore as concerned citizens of this planet, urge you our political representatives, to introduce an electoral system so that following any election, the share of seats held by each party reflects the popular vote” – Of course some countries already have this. It is however that everyone everywhere should have it.

Video links by others (What are you suggestions?)

Fairvote Canada Video

Groups reporting on this category (what are your suggestions?)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alex-palombo/why-oh-why-ohio_b_4873715.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10769041/The-US-is-an-oligarchy-study-concludes.html

Wikipedia article  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voting_system

Center for Voting and Democracy http://www.fairvote.org/

Fairvote Canada http://www.fairvote.ca/

The World of Electoral Systems http://www.idea.int/publications/esd/upload/esd_chapter2.pdf

International IDEA http://www.idea.int/publications/esd/upload/esd_annexes.pdf

 

It would help if you supported some of these groups

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