When only a tiny portion of voters participate in an election (in most Congressional, Mayoral and Gubernatorial primaries, turnout is well under 20%), the message politicans receive is to execute the will of the handful of people who did bother to vote (and the special interests who funnel money into their election). That’s why the extremes on both sides have so much power – and it’s why nothing gets done. If we want a government that represents all of the people, then all of the people need to vote.
We know that’s never going to happen under our current election system. But nearly 80% of U.S. adults already carry another way to vote in their pockets: their phone. Blockchain makes mobile voting safer than paper ballots and if we gave people another way to participate in elections without having to find a polling place, wait in line, and deal with all of the hassles of the current system, turnout will increase exponentially.
If 70% of voters start participating in elections, their elected officials will pivot and represent the mainstream (or be voted out). That’s the only way to fix our democracy. To be clear, the entire political system will oppose this: virtually no one in both parties who have power will want to make it easier to be challenged and lose power. Most special interests (trade associations, lobbyists, unions) will oppose it too.
There are also populations that need an immediate solution right now to be able to have a voice. One group that clearly needs an easier way to vote is members of our military that are deployed overseas. But we’re seeing some progress, starting with West Virginia. Buckle up. This very well may be the biggest disruption fight of all.