A ‘weighted’ democracy: What if votes were … unequally important?

Submitted by George Krasadakis
3 months ago
A high-technology voting system for citizens which evaluates voter's level of understanding of the socio-economic reality in order to assign a weight factor to the vote and adjust the overall result. Users benefit by a better voting process motivating people to actively participate and vote with judgement versus emotion when important political decisions need to be made.
Imagine a high-tech election process where a weight factor is assigned to the vote (not the citizen) via a process aiming to reflect the level of ‘context understanding’ of the citizen at ‘voting time’. The higher the level of context understanding —that is, the reality — by the citizen, the higher the importance of the vote.

The level of ‘context understanding’ could be 'objectively' determined via a secure, randomized digital micro-questionnaire to be answered by the citizen as part of the (online) voting process.

Such a voting process would effectively reduce the impact of emotion-driven voting behaviors and the impact of stereotypes, tradition or other non-rational components. As a result, votes (not citizens) that are found to be more connected to our (complex) reality will get increased importance, leading to more rational results.

This also sends a clear message and provides additional motivation to citizens: in order to increase the importance of your vote, read, discuss, understand your socioeconomic environment. Social status, educational level, profession and any form of social class, are all indifferent since the process is anonymous, agnostic of any metadata of the voter. The weight factor is only based on the level of understanding of our complex world via the randomized, secured online micro-questionnaire.

As an example, consider a referendum asking citizens to vote with a Yes or No on a simply stated but complex enough matter -- such as the Brexit. Should all votes have the same importance? Should a vote from a citizen with limited or no understanding of the wider socio-economic environment, strategic aspects and the basics of the European Union and the single market have the same importance with a vote from a proven subject matter expert on these aspects?

It’s not about right or wrong; it is about how deep one’s understanding of the reality/ socioeconomic context is (at a particular point in time): two individuals with totally different opinions on a given topic could have the same weight factor if they both understand reality at the same level. All done securely, anonymously via AI leveraging vast amounts of knowledge from the public domain.

A significant subset of the population is indeed manipulated by the media and the emotional statements and communication strategies of the political parties -- at least to some extent. The obvious question is how to reduce the effect of this manipulation (mid-term) and finally eliminate this problem by motivating people to actively participate in politics, understand the socio-economic reality and vote with judgment and knowledge instead of emotion, stereotypes, and impulse (long-term).
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