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Internet Voting Now!: Here's How. Here's Why - So You Can Kiss Citizens United Goodbye! Paperback – June 8, 2011

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Dr. Kelleher earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1984. He earned his BA and MA from San Francisco State. His first book, The New Election Game, was published in 1987. Inspired by R. Buckminster Fuller’s idea of voting by telephone, Dr. Kelleher showed how US elections could be organized around telephone voting. Of course, this was before the “PC Revolution.” After the rise of the Internet, the emergence of Internet voting seems inevitable, and the organization suggested in The New Election Game has been adapted to facilitate that emergence. Dr. Kelleher’s second book, Progressive Logic, shows how the political reforms advocated by Progressives throughout American history are expressions of “the natural order of values.” This order of values is a part of human evolution, because the human brain evolved in community. While humans naturally see human life as precious, social conditioning can override this natural tendency. However, if the natural order of values is articulated as a set of principles, which this work does, self-destructive social conditioning can be reversed through education. Internet Voting Now! Shows how our election system can be designed to serve the people who must live with it, rather than exploit and manipulate those people, as the two-party system now does. Having systems that serve people is consistent with Progressive Logic. Dr. Kelleher has taught political science, American Politics, and citizenship in the Los Angeles area for over 20 years.

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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Empathic Science Institute, The (June 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977371727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977371723
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,250,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Al Dahler, Ed.D. on April 24, 2012
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Internet Voting Now is most apropos in addressing America's political conundrum. Dr. Kelleher explains how internet voting has the potential to alleviate the extreme partisanship infecting our national political process. I agree with the author that internet voting is the way of the future. Fears of excessive voter fraud using the internet, expressed by some of its critics, have a tendency to be too poignant. Voter fraud is a specter that affects every voting system used to date. Advanced technologies possess the wherewithal to counter various means of voter fraud, making the internet a safe, rational and convenient way to enhance citizenship participation.

Based on the possibilities of internet voting, the author outlines a presidential election model that would remove the influence of money while strengthening ordinary voters' involvement in the selection process. Using the internet, the author's model is quite feasible in making President Lincoln's dictum of a "government of the people, by the people, and for the people" a reality.

The impediments are not technical or structural but are posed by the political parties and the politicians benefiting from the current money-driven election system. The question is how to change an anachronistic system when the power to change the system rests with the beneficiaries of this system. Change will only come when sufficient public pressure is directed at the political parties, the national and state legislatures.

The book represents an effective tool to raise public awareness and educate voters of the possibilities to challenge the current money-driven political process and institute a system in which each citizen will have a prominent voice and a real investment in our democracy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. R. Girard on May 3, 2013
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It is so poorly written and produced, I couldn't stand reading any more. I got to around page 100 after skipping many pages, looking for the "good stuff."

There are two main problems with this book: The writing and the publishing.

The Publishing Problems

The book has 364 pages, is perfect-bound, is only 5" wide, and uses a heavy-weight paper (I'm guessing 90#). So it turns into a "clamshell" when you read it, especially in the middle. If you let go of either side while reading, it snaps shut like a clam. Classic mistake. That makes it really hard to hold it and highlight things.

It's also a Sea of Text: Nothing but text. Not one single photo, drawing, illustration, graph, chart, or table. That makes it very hard to read. "Easy to read" is the motto of professional writers and publishers. They failed big on that count. Your eyes go bleary after a while.

Then it uses full justification on a page that is only 5" wide, with what looks like a 12 pt Times Roman font. So that combination leaves large unsightly gaps of white space between sentences as the publishing program tries to justify everything left and right. It has to add space to make up for what it can't align. It should have used either a wider page, smaller type, or left justification (my preference). Another classic rookie mistake.

Then it was clearly not reviewed by a good writer or editor: It is chock full of every rookie-writing mistake possible.

Then the page numbering is totally unprofessional. The first page (R) is what's called the Half-Title page (it replicates the front cover, but on the inside). The next page (L) is the copyright page (page ii). The next page (R) has just a quote and has no page number at all.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert on November 19, 2011
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(I read the Kindle version of this book several months ago and you can read my review of that version, which I wrote at that time. Internet Voting Now! Here's How. Here's Why - So You Can Kiss Citizens United Goodbye! That review is more in depth about the book. I am not going to repeat my thoughts from that review here, but am going to add additional ones. FULL DISCLOSURE: I am an advocate of online voting.)

If you want to read and retain any source material at all about the subject of online voting, you have to buy this book.

Most subjects have plenty of must-read books that readers can begin their research from. That is NOT the case with Internet Voting. There simply is not enough reliable material out there whatsoever. You can't include articles, discussions or (worst of all) typical junk in the comments sections online because there isn't enough balance in the coverage and treatment of this very important subject.

Why doesn't online voting seem to get a "fair shake" in the blogosphere? Read Bill Kelleher's book-you will find out.

What is the history of online voting that led us to where we are today: where advanced countries all over the world are turning to internet voting with great success, while the U.S. seems to remain in the dark ages? Buy Bill Kelleher's book and you'll learn and understand what happened.

You may ask "Is this book some overly dry technical analysis of a "computer science" subject that will bore me to death?

Bill Kelleher is anything but boring. The story of internet voting is not a technical one, but a political one. It is also a very dramatic one.
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