- - Take advantage of modern technological advancements (but is not in itself E-Democracy), to generally increase the security, quality and speed of electoral results.
- - Maximize the satisfaction levels of all participants (individuals or collectives), with the view this enables efficiency and empowerment.
- - Reduce waste by limiting size and power of government.
- - Bring more transparency to positions of influence in the voting process.
- - Use free market mechanisms to reward honesty and punish bad political behaviour.
- - Produce the most accurate map of the wishes of the voting public.
- - Zero political-will to change the current system.
- - One hundred years of bloated, bureaucratic legacy.
- - Weak leadership with vested interests.
Sadly, both the goals and constraints are simultaneously the reasons why change will never be put into place - even as I write this article, the current government are proposing new laws to limit the influence of micro-parties. My ideas first got rolling when I was reading about the recent iVoting in the NSW election, where a team of independent researchers found a flaw in the voting website. I considered penning an article on that alone from my tech background (suffice to say security is purely a question of quality), but was more interested in the surrounding discussion where someone highlighted the conundrum: 'with internet-voting it is impossible to design a system which ensures the person voting cannot sell their vote'. So I started a thought experiment 'if selling your vote were allowed, would that help things and what would change?' It led to an interesting design, here are the primary elements of my proposal: