Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Online voting and renewing our democracy

It makes sense that Canada's political opposition to democratic renewal in a problem. If they were happy with the way people express themselves in the last election just 2.5 years ago would not be in the middle of another choice now. Furthermore, compared with best practice elsewhere, democracy is incomplete in Canada: a legislative body does not respond to people and, for more than a decade, voters in three provinces in Canada have been growing significantly underrepresented in the House of Commons.
However, in its platform of "Respect and renewal of our democracy", the Liberal Party is silent on structural reforms, literally, would give more power to the people, but focuses on improving voter turnout at it easier to vote.
"It is time to harness its power to bring the electoral participation of citizens. A Liberal government will lead Elections Canada to develop an online voting option, from a pilot project for individuals serving overseas in the Canadian Armed Forces and the federal government, and higher-education students who live outside their districts of origin. The pilot of support from a broader discussion with Canadians on an online voting option for all voters. "

Nobody wants to look at love and reactionary or opposed to experimentation, but some tricks are bad ideas in their own right.
People can bank, and breaks in play online at secure sites. There is nothing particularly innovative about the online voting. In certain circumstances it may make sense. The broader rationale, however, should be debated.
If physical discomfort was a decisive factor in the participation of citizens, why are least fit three times more likely to vote than young people? More importantly, it is really a step forward to make little effort to vote? Boil for the task of nanoseconds in a keyboard that looks more important to those who do not care now? Finally, a nanosecond is all that a democracy needs its citizens?
The most daunting, difficult - and important - in the performance of our duty is to decide whom to vote - something that is easy to avoid, even during the three hours that employers are obliged to give in to vote. Walk or drive to the polling station, however, creates its own sense of urgency and challenges the brain to think about their civic responsibility and what we hope to make our politicians.
It also goes to the polls is a social movement time. It forces us to think about what they are there, with others, do. Sitting at a computer in a game of sweat suit with a software program Elections Canada or the CBC Vote compass is simply not enough.

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