Direct Access Democracy
is the process for electronically gathering public opinion by an elected
representative on specific issues for the purpose of determining a
position on an upcoming vote. Much like a non-binding plebiscite it
determines the wishes of the majority on a variety of issues. The
difference in Direct Access Democracy is that the referendums are held
by the elected official. The elected representative does not decide
which issue is important to the people to contribute to and which is not.
The voting population at large does. If a posted referendum
reaches a quorum then and only then shall it be considered the will of
the people. Anything less may guide the representative to his
decision but is not imperative that he abides by the decision.
There is nothing in the law in Canada or the US that can bind a
politician to adhere to the outcome of a representative held referendum.
Though this process can. The team at direct access democracy will
disengage services to any elected official who circumvents the process
to express their own will if a quorum has clearly been established. If a
quorum is reached, then the public by default becomes their own
representative in a Direct Access Democracy constituency.
A quorum would be determined by
the size of the constituency. Direct Access Democracy uses a
spectrum of communication technologies to deliver the power of
contribution to the constituency. .From phones, internet and wireless
devices the constituent is enabled to maintain a direct connection to
the decision making process by being able to manipulate the vote of the
See the Flow charts that outline the procedure here.
"On most major issues we've dealt with in the past 50 years, the
public was more likely to be right --based on the judgment of history--
than the legislatures or Congress."
Sr., America's leading pollster.
Under the proposed Democratic
model contained within this campaign proposal I would include the
Initiative Procedure. This Direct Access Democracy style of
representation also includes the right of the voting participants to
submit proposals for items to be considered for a motion to be initiated.
If it meets the requirements then it would be put to a privately (representative
run) held general non-binding referendum as to its feasibility. If
the consensus is that it is a worthwhile initiative, then it shall be
brought before the governing body by the elected official..
Certain conditions may arise that eliminate the ability
of an elected official to effectively gather enough feedback prior to
"special" meetings like an emergency meeting or a closed
Democracy should allow the populace to contribute
when an overwhelming portion desires to do so.
Scott Malcolm Etches
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