• Any citizen can register to vote
• Actual voting rights are given by peers in the message boards, i.e. before voting each person must prove they have some minimum knowledge level about the subject matter in the group they are discussing (for example: a) such as jurors must go through to understand civil and criminal cases before voting on the outcome of a ‘trial by jury’, or, b) if joining a new Wiki group, you will not be given the ‘keys’ to the entire site on ‘day one’, you start out at a lower lever, prove you are there to contribute and not do harm, establish a reputation, etc.)
• Multiple levels of voting rights can be given according to:
– knowledge level of citizen about issue on which voting, depth of subject mater to be voted on, number of citizens affected by vote outcome, etc.
– temporary/one-time issue, medium term issue or long-term ongoing and constantly changing/re-occurring issue
Temporary or Limited Rights Voters
• who wish to only vote from time to time
• quick registration process from second vote
• limited weight of vote (put in ‘your 2 cents’ = vote weight ‘limited to 2 cents’) – however this will be difficult to do in actual applications, this would be best left for a more advanced stage of OSPF
Regions of Representation
• National level: select regions of the U.S. for national voters, i.e. issues that affect the nation as a whole (much can be taken from the current system)
• Local / Regional level: additional groups can be created in the city, town, state, etc. level to address specific issues; based on the same principles as for national voters.
• Organize into various subcommittees of actual ‘experts in fields’, i.e. people with working experience in various sectors to be moderators (i.e. secretary) of open discussions to:
1. identify and rank important issues to citizens
2. rate level of interest, counterpoints, directions, etc. – all that cannot be automatically rated.
3. move irrelevant topics to sub boards (if debate continues significantly off the main boards, this indicates the subject was important and should be reclassified and discussed separately – or a technical parameter can be written into the program to automatically address these issues).
Limitation of Voting to Citizens Only
No organization, association, group, party, company, or corporation should be allowed to donate a single penny to any citizen voter, voter committee, movement, political party, or individual politician [there will be no politicians in OSPF]. Only individuals should be allowed to cast a financial vote of support to organizations or individuals involved in politics [the voting process]. That ban against corporate or organizational contributions should include gifts or favors.
Compensation of Citizen Voters
• Salaries of voters: paid by government directly to be determined by time commitment, other factors as citizens see relevant.
• Federal tax reduction or elimination: for voters depending on time commitment, all decided by open voting.
• Other Benefits: free transportation, lodging, food or clothing, all paid directly by the government, depending on contributions by voters, all determined by open discussions and voting.
• Accountability of voters to peers: undisclosed gifts / services / monetary compensation open to review in public and subject to returns, fines, other disciple (civil and criminal) which are also determined by voting openly by peers. Voters would be looked upon as the most respected individuals in society, held in the highest esteem – and at the same time, to earn this respect from their fellow citizens, their lives will be continually under the microscope for constant evaluation for them to continually prove they are not being swayed by lobbyists illegally (i.e. financially or physical threats).
• Lobbying: financial lobbying would be illegal (defined as: material gain – monetarily, financially, commercially, etc.) and punishable (both parties) by heavy fines and criminal penalties, as determined by open voting by peers.
•Term Limits: specific term limits/re-election limits for ‘long-term ongoing and constantly changing/re-occurring’ issues (see above)