[EM] Implementing Practical Democracy with Votorola
fredgohlke at verizon.net
Sat Mar 28 08:04:26 PDT 2009
Good Morning, Michael
re: "Trust is only for compiling the voter list. If a few
neighbours extend their trust to you, they are vouching that
your on-line registration is honest - that you're a real
person, living at the specified street address. That's all.
If a site administrator already had an authenticated voter
list (somehow), then Votorola's trust network wouldn't be
Got it. I was thinking in terms of elections with known participants;
governments, boards of directors, unions, and so forth. I hadn't
considered elections among an amorphous, undefined group.
If you have an authenticated voter list, can you handle the random
assignment of voters to triads, record the triads' selections, and
generate new triads from the results?
re: "For PD, the vote shifts will be restricted by triads and
stages. Here's one way to restrict them: ..."
I looked at the material at the link you gave me, and I'm flattered you
think I'd understand it. But, I don't have to understand it. I'm sure
you can make it do what needs to be done. As long as we agree on what
we want to accomplish, I've no doubt you can make it happen.
re: "We can use other channels (like mail) for delivering reading
material to the voters. And they can use other channels
(mail, phone, face-to-face) for general discussion.
Votorola is a specialized medium, only for the purpose of
communicating assent (votes). It has no other purpose.
(Think of it as a polling station. You go there only to
re: "The only measure of political support is the quantity of
votes received. PD requires no other measure, I gather."
You gather correctly.
re: "Where it could help in terms of guidance, I think, is in
normative voting. Votorola allows candidate norms to be
openly proposed, composed and voted on. This occurs in
separate polls, one for each candidate norm. The results
might guide officials in their choices of which laws to
pass, which plans to execute, and which policies to follow."
I'm sorry, Michael, but I don't know what normative voting is. My
electoral horizon is limited to people and issues. Perhaps I should
infer that what you are calling a 'norm' is what I would call an issue,
but since I find it difficult to communicate ideas clearly and
effectively, I have an aversion to making assumptions about the meanings
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