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Is 2016 the Year of Online Voting? Could Be...

Democrats are pushing to allow online voting for this year’s Iowa Caucus, the first attempt to push statewide online voting. Caucuses are essential to the election process, since they are the first and best chance a candidate has at making a splash with his or her constituents. By the time a primary rolls around, the decision is essentially made.

Online voting is, at best, a dicey prospect. Many encourage it because it (supposedly) gives those who do not have a chance to vote. In that regard, I think it's handy. Those with disabilities, those serving overseas, I get that.

The problem is, in our do-less-get-more culture, online voting could be the next step in making an electoral process even lazier. It's not hard to vote. You register, you show up at your designated voting center, you vote. There's nothing complicated about it. 99% of jobs are willing to give you some slack if you happened to be a few minutes late after voting (unless, of course, you already have a poor employment record).

I think that extra bit of effort is essential in the process, kind of physical investment in making your voice heard. Those that are willing to pay it decide the future of the country, and those that are not willing, well, they go on complaining endlessly anyway. We're not talking partisan politics either. It falls on both sides of the fence.

Online voting will make the process too easy and lazy, until decisions in local, state and national elections are made by vastly uninformed masses. In fact, with the advent of online voting, I see YouTube and Facebook becoming more influential than CNN. That terrifies me. Imagine a future where, instead of seeing Bill O'Reilly's political commentary, you see Kim Kardashian. That's the future online voting eventually promises.

And that REALLY terrifies me.

Posted by TimBean at May 9, 2014 11:52 AM
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Digital voting a sign of the times, TB. Going to happen so we should try to shape it, early, on to serve the electorate.

Digital, if done properly, could tend to ‘awaken’ the silent majority and rejuvenate politics, IMO.

I’ve long advocated for a new 3rd party w/a/dif/pol/att that implements a strong digital communications backbone. I would see the national party having a cspan capability where scheduled events, campaigns are run 24/7. Individual states, or perhaps groups of states could have their own cspan to cover state, county and local campaigns/affairs. Voters/respondents could replay via skype, email, social media , etc. If your county supervisors meeting was scheduled and broadcast this way it would attract a larger following. Should do the same for local campaigns/elections/participation.

I would think the demreps would choose not to implement such communications as they prefer catering to a small electorate with limited participation in the political process. They know their time is better spent dialing for dollars and dealing with those who have some influence on the system, corporations, etc.

Otherwise - - -


Posted by: roy ellis at May 9, 2014 4:32 PM
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In Oregon, we vote by mail. It works fine. The problems other states experience with supposed voter fraud, long lines, ‘voter ID’ laws, and so on, are irrelevant in Oregon. Electronic voting is the next logical step.

Posted by: phx8 at May 9, 2014 4:40 PM
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It is the nature of a caucus to be there in person. Otherwise it is not a caucus. If Democrats want to do it, it is their business. It will change the dynamic. I am not sure if it will be better or worse in the long run, but it will - as you write - allow the lazy and unprepared a greater voice in the choice. That kind of thing appeals to Democrats.

Posted by: CJ at May 9, 2014 7:03 PM
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We should take a greater interest in our local elections and return to the founders vision of the federal government by repealing the 17th amendment and return to the states the election of senators and to the electoral college the election of the president.

The 17th amendment destroyed the checks and balances built into our democratic-republic. The 16th amendment is funding this destruction.

Every democracy has failed when the electorate discovers it could vote for free stuff from the treasury. Ours is in the midst of failing now. When the lazy and unprepared find they can use their free phone and free internet access to vote for more free stuff without having to expend any effort, well, we will have only ourselves to blame. We will look back and think, “Gee, why didn’t we see this coming?”. I say “think” because we won’t be permitted to say it out loud.

Posted by: Weary Willie at May 10, 2014 10:09 AM
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WW, interesting article in this url:

http://moneymorning.com/2013/10/22/how-leadership-pacs-turned-into-slush-funds-for-congress/

Also, makes note of leadership pacs voted in by congress in 1989. Later, with a little tweaking congress made it legal to use their campaign funds as a slush fund for most any purpose.


Each congressperson is allowed to have his/her leadership pac. Leadership pacs, funded mostly by lobbyist, are the second largest revenue source for campaigns. Pacs are used to buy vacations, food, sports, put family on the payroll, and so on - - -

A congressperson can loan money to his leadership pac and charge 20% interest. One member loaned his/her pac $150k and collected $208k. WW, you are not authorized.

Do you suppose that if the 17th were repealed congress would operate any better? Two thirds of their time is dialing for dollars. They get behind each other and direct lobbyists money here and there to support each other. They all intend to be lifer’s in the job. Most succeed.

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