RAISING THE PEOPLE’S VOICE
When taxes are forced upon the public without elected officials asking the public for their input, isn’t that TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION? The problem is that there has never been a way to ask everyone how they feel about taxes and other issues—until now. The area group, for “One Voice Now”, has figured out a user-friendly way to make “asking the public” a tangible reality.
1) YOU THE PEOPLE raise the issues to make your community better.
2) YOU THE PEOPLE watch debates on those issues on TV.
3) YOU THE PEOPLE vote on those issues with any touch tone phone
(the calls will be received by a computer to safeguard against one person voting twice).
Fixing America starts locally. The fix isn’t in Washington, Indianapolis, Lansing, or any other state capitol. The people in each locality, communicating and working together, provide the only way to build a bright future for our children and theirs.
Here’s a more detailed description of how the issues will be raised, debated, and voted on. The process is as follows:
We need 2 Technological Components in each community…
A “LOCAL ISSUES TELEVISION AND RADIO STATION” to send the information out to the community.
A “COMMUNITY COMPUTER” to receive the calls (votes) from any touchtone phone. The computer will verify the voter, ask what issue number they want to vote on, count the vote and prevent multiple voting. Issues of, by and for the people…
1) After the computer system is in place and people start receiving their voter I.D. number, the computer will pick ten people every week at random. The reason for this is we need a filtering system for our issues. We do not want to watch or debate issues that do not have merit. The ten people picked will be replaced every week for the same reason that the judicial system replaces a jury after every issue—to lower the chance of influence and bribery affecting the system. This will give people an opportunity they would never have had under the former arrangement.
2) When the people of the community have ideas that they believe will make things better, they can present them to the ten members chosen through this random filtering system. If the majority of the ten believe that the idea in question should be considered by the community at large, the presenter goes to the next step.
3) The next step is videotaping the presenter and his/her issue, after which the issue is presented over an area TV station for a period of ten days. There will be two phone numbers shown on the video presentation. One number people can call and be part of a “lobbying group” for the issue and the other number they can call to lobby against the issue. When they call either one of those numbers, information will be given as to where and when these two lobbying groups will come together and prepare.
4) Thirty days later, there will be a debate by these two lobbying groups. The debate will be videotaped and replayed over the television station for ten more days. A new phone number will be provided on the video broadcast – a local number registered voters can call. Their calls will go into the computer.
5) When calling to vote, the computer will ask them to press 1 for English and 2 for Spanish. The next prompt will ask the voter to press 1 if they are registered and 2 if they are not registered. Those pressing 2 will be informed on how to get registered. The next prompt will ask for their personal ID number and another fact to verify the voter’s identity. Then the caller will be asked to enter the number of the issue they wish to vote on. Finally, the caller will press 1 for “yes” and 2 for “no.” Their vote will be counted and they will be prevented from voting more than once.
6) Every time the debate is replayed, there will be an updated tally of the “yes” and “no” votes. At the end of the ten days, not only will the people in the community understand the issue in its entirety, but the outcome will come from the people.
7) The resulting information will be given to our elected officials so they can make much more educated and informed decisions. Those officials who do not vote with the people will be held accountable, since the people will be updated on who voted for or against a given issue. At regular election time, the people can then make a much more informed decision as to which candidates best serve the well–informed populace.*
The new system will empower our local officials to better serve the people, and empower the citizenry to have more input in, and better knowledge of, local government and which way their elected officials vote on key issues. It will empower our local officials to pass laws we want passed (and even take laws off the books that no longer are needed). We could finally get busy fixing our communities and stop waiting for politicians to try and do it with little in the way of broad, meaningful public input.This is the communication tool we have been waiting for to bring our community into the 21st century. We can use our voice and our knowledge to reinvent our heathcare system, our failing educational system, our crumbling roads and our troubled penal, tax, judicial, and economic systems, etc.
This is a 21st Century System that is truly of the people, by the people and finally, for the people…This can be done, but it is going to take everyone standing up together for a “Voice.”