February 11, 2010

A President of the 'People'

I was thinking if the present system of voting needs to be changed in a country like the United States.

After all, people are probably more passionate about their reality TV shows and social networking fora such as Facebook, etc.

So, instead of mounting a nationwide voting exercise, perhaps a poll could be set up on Facebook where people could vote for their favorite candidate.

Of course, there would be scope for various frauds such as multiple voting ... mechanisms would need to be devised to prevent them.

Similarly, people could vote for the President on other online platforms as well.

Perhaps, simply put, the idea should be that if someone goes online, there should be around 90 percent chance of that person coming across the Presidential ballot.

All the major email providers must host it.

The benefit of this method is obvious: people would find it far more convenient to vote for a President this way and therefore would bother to vote.

At the end of the day, it might turn out that more people effectively participate in the voting process using this 'new' way rather than when people needed to go to a voting booth to choose their Prez.

What do you think?

I think this will eventually come to pass.

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