Government by Proxy from the 100%

The adoption of government by proxy would encourage many people to come forward to be Representatives. They would fill out the necessary paperwork and file the required 200 to 400 signatures on nomination papers to appear on the ballot used throughout a given county (or parish or Rhode Island) (smaller legislative districts would be merged).
Several Democrats, some Republicans, Greens, Libertarians, Constitutionalists, Socialists, Independents, etc. will likely qualify to be on the proxy placement ballot. On a ballot similar to the ones they have voted in the past, voters will see many more candidates that they can choose from. They will place their proxy (vote) for one person to be their Representative to the Assembly (a future refinement could be to split ones proxy vote between 2 or more candidates).

The election officials will have their machines tabulate the number of proxy votes for each candidate and the totals will be certified following regular election procedure (which hopefully will be amended to be more transparent than are the present procedures).

The candidates will be sworn in and now they are Representatives of the people who placed proxies (voted) for them. Each Representative’s vote in the Assembly will be weighted to equal the number of proxy votes he or she received. The weighted value of all Representatives voting “yes” would be totaled together and the weighted value of all Representatives voting “no” would be totaled together. If say 3 million people place proxies state wide then votes in the Assembly instead of being 55 to 44 as they are now for example could be 1,610,653 million to 1,389,347 million. They would use a computerized spreadsheet and the calculations would be instantly available to everyone logged into the Assembly Proceedings.

If the Assembly does not modernize itself, then the 99 Representatives with the highest number of proxies placed with them will have a seat in the chambers. The other Representatives will either have to proxy their votes to someone who has a seat or vote online via computer.

If the Assembly modernizes, then participation in the debates and voting can be conducted via online computers.

What the voters will experience is similar to what they experience as consumers, a lot more diverse and high quality options and they will actually get what they select. Their selection will not be denied to them (defeated) by the preferences of others.

Credit

This is not my original idea; it comes from Jim Mueller. It receives discussion on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/195236817222399/permalink/597893243623419/

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