Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 8th Nov 2012 20:12 UTC
Editorial In the United States, state and local authorities are in charge of voting and the country uses more than a half dozen different voting technologies. As a result, the country can't guarantee that it accurately counts national votes in a timely fashion. This article discusses the problem and potential solutions to the U.S. voting dilemma.
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Is this how a modern democracy should vote?
by kwan_e on Fri 9th Nov 2012 09:57 UTC
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Taking a cue, not from operating systems but from computer programming, I wonder if it's actually a mistake to couple choice of policy with choice of candidate.

Especially with the coverage of American politics, it's just muddled. There's always the implication that a policy is bad if it's proposed by an incompetent politician, or that a "competent" politician is automatically right on policy issues.

I think it's getting to the point where we have to pay mind to cohesion and coupling. Vote for policies, and then vote for the people to execute them. Just because, say, universal healthcare had been badly implemented before does not mean there is a jinx on the policy.

Decouple policy from implementation, and vote people in for competence and not policy.

The only solution is organizational and never technological.

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