Tuesday, July 24, 2018

AppsJacks' Take on the Troubled USA Voting and Election Systems


  • Eric, Bruce, Larry, Louise (Larry's wife), David, Mike Pritchard, Lisa (Mike's Guest, leadership coach), April, Susan Stringer, Scott Pierce (knows John Sechrest), John, Scott Elliott
  • John
    • Election administrator
    • "Australian Secret Ballot"
  • Data
    • Who voted and how they voted

  • Scott Pierce
    • Civic Engagement
      • Voting
      • Other Mechanisms
      • Accountability of Rep
    • How to know when reps vote 'against public opinion'
  • Australia has fines for not voting - Mandatory voting - Disincentive
    • Problems with homeless?
    • They have a social safety net
    • Scott was from Australia
    • 58% in USA
    • 94% in USA
    • Does rank choice voting
    • Aussies also primarily have two-party system
  • Germany
    • Green party had a big impact
  • England - David
    • Simple majority
    • Brexit, like Trump, was a close call
  • Is a two-party system good enough?
  • Term Length
    • 6 years
    • 4 years
    • 2 years
  • Security, Privacy, Transparency

  • "Mechanisms of Influence" - Scott P.
    • Voting

    • Lobbying

    • Gerrymandering

    • Fundraising

  • Reforms and Solutions
    • Cut the election cycle

  • Risk
    • John
      • We're barely hackable - Russians didn't and couldn't make it very far
    • Political Media Complex - Scott P.
  • Questions
    • How would we know public sentiment (signals, polls, etc.) early?
    • We know where the money comes from but where does it go *to*?  - David
  • Majorities and Decisions
    • Electoral Collect

    • Process
      • Roberts rules of order
    • For Death Penalty?
      • 99%?
      • Consensus
    • 50%

    • 2/3 vote

  • Literacy and who votes?  Tie to education...

  • Levels
    • Political
      • Influence
      • Will
      • Action
  • Primaries
    • Issues - Larry says
    • Top 2
    • No party declaration required
  • Heuristics, Cheats and Guides
    • Progressive Voters Guides
      • Influenced by money - John says
    • Pamphlet
    • Voters Guide from the Stranger - Lisa
    • Commercials
    • News & Media
    • New Media like podcasts
    • Social Media
    • Friends & Family
  • Corruption & Inequality
    • Citizens United - Scott P. mentions
  • Tech
    • John
      • Self-Sovereign Identity
    • April
      • What is the impact of the votes I've made?
      • How would I know the impact I made?
      • What were the outcomes?
  • Voter registration process
    • Requirements
      • Location
      • Citizenship
      • Membership
      • Paying
      • WIIFM
      • Technology
      • Access
  • Voter Suppression
  • Voting Methods
    • Day
      • Sundays
    • Channel
      • Vote by Mail
        • People less connected, at home
      • Absentee

      • Electronic
        • Kids
          • Mock Voting in Schools - John
      • In Person

    • Mechanism
      • Ranked Choice
  • Getting Involved - What, So What, Now What?
    • Indivisible
    • Barbra
    • Get involved locally
      • Can be non-partisan and more about issues
    • Lobby
    • Third Party - John
    • John
      • Fair Vote http://www.fairvotewa.org/
    • Louise
      • Small groups that role up into larger groups
    • Scott
      • Pinion https://www.pinionvote.com/
      • Tender  for politics meets wikipedia for polls
    • Take Action Network
    • Election Trust - John
    • Govurn - John
    • Work with and on the kids! - John & Susan
    • When public opinion corresponds with the voting - Scott P.
    • Trump is "only President of the United States" - John
    • "Bush on the Couch" book - Bruce
    • Nick Hannauer - The Pitchforks Are Coming - Bruce
  • Next Meeting
    • Round two on the political topic

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