Voting-Method-Reform Activism

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Proposal
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Excerpt

Activists around the world are experimenting with using voting to coordinate their decisions, and it's obvious that secure, open-source software must handle this form of communication. Yet typically such software is developed without involving "voting architects" who understand the math behind fair and unfair voting methods. Let's bridge this gap. Together we can build surveys and decentralized collaboration systems that bring democracy to very high levels of fairness, especially compared to the intentionally unfair use of single-mark ballots in governmental elections.

Description

The recent Republican presidential primary election provided stunning proof that our current use of single-mark ballots is fatally flawed. Yet news stories have failed to focus attention on this core unfairness. Instead, news stories distract attention by focusing on less-significant voting issues such as superdelegates and gerrymandering and the electoral college.

Dictators and lobbyists know how to control election results in ways that are hidden from most voters. Let’s level the playing field by finding out how single-mark ballots typically yield winners who are special-interest puppets instead of problem-solving leaders.

Better yet, find out what kinds of counting methods yield meaningful survey results, wise collaborative decisions, and elected officers who best represent the diversity of a group’s members.

Activists around the world are experimenting with using voting to coordinate their decisions, and it’s obvious that secure, open-source software must handle this form of communication. Yet typically such software is developed without involving “voting architects” who understand the math behind fair and unfair voting methods. Let’s bridge this gap.

Together we can build surveys and decentralized collaboration systems that bring democracy to very high levels of fairness, especially compared to the intentionally unfair use of single-mark ballots in governmental elections.

(Counting is the only kind of math that will be discussed.)

Tags

single-mark ballots, voting, surveys, collaboration, representation, elections, fairness, Activism

Speaking experience

Westside Proggers, Ignite Salem, key speaker at creativity conference in Michigan, Futurist conference in Washington DC, recorded keynote address at creativity conference in Poland, dance instruction at various locations.

This is a new talk that clarifies voting in the context of events in the 2016 election, but without promoting any political agenda beyond fair vote counting.

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