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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This book easiness in detail how initiation of internet voting can be done in a safe and secure manner and afford greater democratic participation by all especially the youth who... Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Bruce Hector M.D.