I've been saying it for a while, and this is the first step. Given a few years and potentially millions of eyeballs looking at it, opensource voting software will be freakishly secure when showtime arrives.
The barriers to pure democracy are coming down again. Logistically, that is. The old excuse of "there's too many people" won't fly anymore. Let's go back to the forum...if you want to vote on an issue, any issue--if you care enough--you should be able to & shouldn't be mediated by some sheister who "represents" you.
Representative democracy is a just big image game. Someone good at it cons you into thinking they will "represent" you, whatever that means. Then they go off & do whatever they want for the next 2-6 years. (Not true: they of course make sure to represent their biggest campaign contributors during that period.) You may only agree with 60% of their decisions over the course of their term but that's still considered good representation. And for that period of time, really, you have no idea what's going on. Every 2-6 years you are expected to align yourself with tribe A or tribe B, cast one single vote, then sit down & shut up. Get your popcorn & enjoy the horror flick.
People who chastise me for political apathy, or for voting outside of their tribe A and tribe B system, are the real reason we're now in this mess. Apathy is the only realistic way to deal with your complete disenfranchisement--apathy or a complete revolution that is. Working within this system is worse. Stop pretending it works & telling me to vote for your sheister. As if that will help anything.
We need a new Athens. It's just over the horizon.