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Sam Chang

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Improve all democracies in the world, implement the Negative Vote.

Almost all the democracies in the world suffer from a common phenomenon where a minority, often the more extreme elements, could hijack a major party and force the society as a whole into conflicts that the majority population does not like. We see this kind of situation in the United States, in Israel, in Taiwan, etc. repeated again and again.

My proposal is to let people have the right to cast a Negative Vote in all elections. Each voter would still be entitled to cast only one vote, he/she may cast the vote for a candidate or against a candidate, but not both. Winner is the person who gets the most net positive votes, i.e. the person whose YES votes minus NO votes is the highest.

I believe over time this will prevent the extreme elements from winning any significant political office. Political rhetoric will also naturally move away from extreme rhetoric and more toward the middle. Eventually even the news media might find it difficult to help spread the extreme rhetoric because people aspiring for power or politics will learn quickly that extremism will attract the most NO votes and block them from such power in a democracy.

Voter participation will increase and the election results will more accurately reflect the people’s will.

In a democracy, I should have the right to say, through the ballot, “NO, I do not want this person to be in power”. This should be a basic right.

I’ve started a social group on Facebook called Allow NO Vote in Elections. It is public and I hope you will join and help spread the message.



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    Dec 18 2013: Not so long ago I didn't vote because I felt too ignorant to give my opinion. People I know who don't vote believe voting keeps the flawed system running. Negative votes wouldn't encourage them, as they already know that a NO vote equals a YES vote for the other asshole.

    I think there should be a place on internet where people who don't vote check their reasons not to vote.
    A - I don't care or don't know enough about politics
    B - I hate both candidates
    C - I don't believe in voting because I don't think people know what's best for themselves.

    And this poll should be taken into account. For instance, if many people hate both candidates, the time of office should be reduced for the winning candidate.
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      Dec 18 2013: Assume there are 3 candidates and I am somewhat indifferent about 2 of them but really do not want the third person to be in power, Negative Vote will allow me to vote against that person. Present elections systems do not allow that.
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        Dec 18 2013: Good point.
        I'm joining and I want a Tshirt.
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          Dec 19 2013: Great. The group needs every member's help to grow the membership. If each new member invites just 2 other new Facebook buddies as members and this process is repeated, it will take no more than 13 repetitions from the current base to reach 1 million. Once the membership has grown, you can bet there will be politicians jumping on board to propose legislative change. T shirt is a great idea. Perhaps we can run a contest for the best T shirt design, when we have more members.
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          Jan 5 2014: Gerald,
          My son Anton drafted a design that might be used on a T-shirt. You might wish to go to our group's Facebook page to check it out.
          The group size has grown to over 1000 in 2 months. Join us and invite your friends to join so we can all contribute to make this a reality.

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