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Live from the debate: Let’s keep the conversation going

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Being here at the Citadel in Charleston for the CNN/YouTube debate has been an amazing experience! The fact that our question wasn’t chosen shows how important it is that we continue this conversation about reforming the way (and maybe day) we vote.

Even though America ranks 139 out of 172 countries in the world in voter turnout, and more people vote for American Idol than the U.S. president, tonight there was only one question on election reform and one candidate given time to answer. Not to worry. I’m headed up to the spin room with my camera to get some real answers.

Here’s the question we wanted the candidates to answer tonight:

Check back here soon for my video report from Charleston. It may be a day or so. I’m headed back to Why Tuesday? global headquarters in NYC tomorrow morning.

3 Responses to “Live from the debate: Let’s keep the conversation going”

  1. Gregory Ravenelle Says:

    Can I get more information about the new Election Day and how to go about changing it to Saturday and Sunday?

    Thank you.

  2. Brent Nichols Says:

    Thanks for the enthusiasm and hope that all of you are presenting toward our democracy and the freedom that we all desire and need. We all know how important our right to vote is but few attach much value to it as they see no direct correlation to how their values ar represented. For example, I may vote to elect an individual because they stand for the right to life, yet that individual also stands for the death penalty and thus I may not vote for them. The right to vote should be extended to EVERY INDIVIDUAL CITIZEN that WISHES TO REPRESENT THEMSELVES as opposed to ELECTING a representative. We need to move away from the idea of the REPUBLIC because it disenfranchises the individual. I am communicating with you now with the greatest democratic tool ever invented by mankind. WE CAN ALL USE THIS TOOL TO CAST OUR INDIVIDUAL VOTES ON EVERY PERTINENT SUBJECT OF GOVERNANCE. The system needs to be revised to a system of authenticated identity that enables each individual to become themselves an official REPRESENTATIVE of their own individual views. The whole idea of the republic was formed out of the desire to represent the viewpoint of the majority, yet the republic has always been ADMINISTERED by an elitist minority. A person ELECTS a representative because they themselves are told that is their only voice in their government. Most people do not vote on this basis because THE TRUE REPRESENTATION THAT THEY DESIRE, that which is their own individual voice, cannot be properly represented by the CHOICES that are presented for election. Democracy is a better form of government than the Republic. Making election day a holiday is a step in the right direction, however, we need to have a CONTINUOUS right to vote on every issue relating to governance in order to have TRUE and LASTING DEMOCRACY.

  3. AllAboutVoting Says:

    What Brent Nichols fails to realize is that not everyone has the knowledge or interest to adequately represent themselves. That said, I think that every voter should have the right to select who represents them in representative bodies to the house of representatives. Not vote for. SELECT.

    One system for doing this is called asset voting. Each voter has a single asset. The vote using a secret ballot for someone to represent them from a list of people who registered to be electors. A voter should not vote for an elector unless they know what that electors position is. An elector can also be a candidate.

    After the election each elector has a certain number of votes that wnt to them These votes are assets. The elctors are then free to transfer their assets to other electors until an elector/candidate has enough assets to secure a position as a representative. If that rep has extra assets they can transfer them to whoever they support.

    In this way their is a direct chain of voluntay selection between the voter and the candidate who represents them. The candidate truely does represent the voter becuase the candidate was selected by the voter or an elector who was selected by the voter.

    This is a much better approach then the districted approach that we have right now for selecting representatives. Right now if 49% of a district likes candidate A but 51% likes candidate B, that 49% is “represented” by someone who has very different views then them.

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