Weekend voting, ‘none of the above’ on ballot papers and the public setting MPs’ wages are some of the top 29 ideas to mend Britain’s broken politics. PDF
The Power 2010 Deliberative Poll took place January 9th – 10th in central London. A scientific sample of the UK provided by YouGov were brought together to discuss the proposals for democratic reform submitted by members of the public, producing a shortlist to be put to the public vote.
The percentage agreeing that "elections in the United States do not currently provide enough choice for voters" increased from 59 to 68%. PDF
By the People — through its local public television and community organization partners — hosted Citizen Deliberations in 11 communities around the country focused on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, as they relate to issues of local importance. The local deliberations were accompanied by a national Online Deliberative Poll exploring 21st century citizenship in America. Weekly discussions were held online using audio chat software developed for deliberative polling®. Participants joined a circular meeting space for a moderated discussion using their computer microphones.
The United States is a representative democracy, in which government officials are selected by the people they represent. But many have questioned whether democracy in the U.S. is working as it should. PDF