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I've been reading a lot about bitcoin. To those of you not in the know, bitcoin is an online currency that allows robust, non-returnable transactions without a central issuing authority. Transactions are broadcast throughout the network as a way to prevent double spending, and it's almost impossible to crash the network. Read more about it here.

Why not use this same architecture for voting? Every online voting scheme out there now depends on proprietary hardware and software, black boxes the people can't see into, nor inspect for flaws. This makes it impossible to trust the veracity of votes moving through the system. But if you base it on an open source framework with widely trusted security, then we can take it apart and see how it works.

More importantly WeVote (my clever little pastiche) takes away the vote counters, keeps the polls open and fair at any time, and allows for the start of a direct, local democracy movement.

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