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The Global Social Network for Voters
A. Voters can join forces to build winning voting blocs, political parties, and electoral coalitions, following the 8 steps described below.
To protect the privacy of individual users, the network enables individuals intending to vote (they do not have to be registered to vote or indicate where they intend to vote) to obtain verified, encrypted identities to gain authorization to access the Global Social Network for Voters and use its tools and services.
This encryption option prevents access to the network by unidentified and disguised social media users, including trolls, bots, and foreign entities that mislead, confuse, distort and bias voters' perceptions in order to sway their votes.
Once authorized, they can use the network's agenda setting tools to specify and update their legislative priorities at will, individually and collectively, using four different methods.
Voters can create their own personal networks hosted on the Global Social Network for Voters.
They can take advantage of the well-documented ability of self-selecting, horizontally organized groups of people to effectively identify and master challenges, especially in comparison to hierarchically organized political parties whose officials must adhere to fixed ideologies and partisan views.
Mainstream voters' legislative priorities are more centrist and convergent than those of political party activists and donors, which that tend towards right and left extremes, according to extensive research.
Mainstream voters, including a majority of voters in the U.S., are more willing than party activists to compromise their preferences across partisan lines, especially to void the legislative stalemates caused by ideologically driven political parties and party lawmakers.
The Global Social Network for Voters provides voters unlimited opportunities 24/7 to initiate and participate in dialogues aimed at collaboratively setting legislative agendas across the board.
The network's Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies and databases enable voters to formulate queries to elicit a broad range of fact-checked information and legislative options. The consensus building tools of the network facilitate evaluation, discussion and debate regarding these options, as voters seek to resolve common problems, crises, emergencies and conflicts requiring legislative action.
The network's political organizing tools enable voters to build, manage, and host on the network self-organizing voting blocs, political parties, and electoral coalitions.
They can reach out to join forces with other voters on the network across partisan lines, and work together globally and domestically in specific election jurisdictions where their members can register to vote in sufficient numbers to elect representatives to enact common agendas.
The Global Social Network for Voters is unique in connecting virtually unlimited numbers of voters to each other, irrespective of where they are eligible to vote, and without regard to prior affiliations, preferences, and priorities.
Since the majority of electoral districts that elect members of the U.S. House of Representatives are gerrymandered by the political party that controls the state legislature, voters are confined to districts that are artificially homogeneous.
The voters are not consigned to these districts randomly but politically by the political party that controls a voters' state legislature, in order to undemocratically confer advantages and incumbency on the candidates and elected representative of the controlling party.
In contrast, the Global Social Network for Voters enables voters to circumvent this partisan manipulation by using the network's tools to assemble winning majorities of voters that exend beyond single districts to entire regional and national levels.
These majorities can set common agendas through collaborative cross-partisan consensus building. Their members can register to vote in established parties as well as create their own parties. They use their superior numbers to defeat the candidates of the established parties on their official ballot lines, or run their own candidates on their own ballot lines, in primary and general elections.
Political parties have engaged in vote suppression and election subversion to such an extent that party-backed incumbent lawmakers often remain in office for multiple terms and even decades, in violation of a hallmark principle of democratic forms of government entitling voters to replace incumbent officeholders in periodic elections.
This violation is so egregious that a majority of U.S. voters has long expressed the desire to see most members of the U.S. Congress replaced, and an end to the electoral and legislative monopoly of the two major U.S. political parties. But these demands have been thwarted by the lawmakers who refuse to pass legislation to overturn laws, court decisions, and practices they use to get elected term after term.
The Global Social Network for Voters will put an end to violation of this bedrock democratic principle by empowering voters to build their own parties and host them on the network, so they can run their own candidates, and raise enough money online to finance electoral campaigns to defeat the candidates of established monopoly parties.
Undemocratic political parties and state legislatures controlled by such parties in the U.S. have devised effective measures to prevent eligible voters from registering to vote, casting their ballots, and ensuring their ballots are accurately tallied.
To counteract this derogation of universally recognized voting rights, the Global Social Network for Voters enables the voting blocs, political parties, and electoral coalitions hosted on the network to provide their members reliable information they need to:
Among the primary causes of voters' lost of trust in the fairness and responsiveness of lawmakers is the gap between voters' needs and legislative priorities compared to the priorities and laws enacted by elected lawmakers.
To eliminate this gap, the Global Social Network for Voters enables voters to define their needs and priorities in written legislative agendas, individually and collectively, and transmit them to electoral candidates and elected representatives.
Voters no longer have to wait for future elections that are unlikely to change the status quo, for they can use the network to continually transmit written legislative mandates to lawmakers throughout the year.
Voters can conduct online petition drives, referenda, and initiatives, which add details and reminders to elected representatives to heed the demands of the constituents whose votes enabled them to take office, and the demands of large majorities of voters at state, regional, and national levels who are monitoring their actions.
Lawmakers will no longer be able to ignore the needs, priorities, and demands of their constituents and majorities of voters at large because the network enables voters to conduct online recall votes at any time.
They can tally and transmit the results to warn unresponsive lawmakers that they risk defeat in forthcoming elections if they do not change course and actively and effectively respond to voters' requests.
Breaking the Deadlocks of Democracy
A. It enables voters to build consensus across partisan lines to end conflicts and stalemates. They can form electoral majorities with voters across the spectrum, and use them to win elections and defeat candidates of special interests and political parties causing political conflicts and legislative stalemates.
Electing Trustworthy Lawmakers
A. Voters worldwide face threats to their lives and livelihoods due to their governments' failures to protect them from climate catastrophes, preventable pandemics, acts of violence, and predatory economies that increase inequalities of wealth and income.
VotersUnited.Global enables voters to replace unfair and unresponsive elected officials by forming their own online voting blocs, political parties and electoral coalitions to nominate and elect lawmakers of their choice.
They can use their voter-controlled blocs, parties, and coalitions to assemble majorities of voters large enough to determine who runs for office, who gets elected, and what laws are passed.
They can also change the laws, institutions, and processes that govern elections, such as the U.S. Electoral College, gerrymandered election districts, and winner-take-all elections that enable minority rule.
They can do so by building consensus across partisan lines with voters across the political spectrum, joining with them to set common legislative agendas, and forging electoral bases large enough to elect lawmakers to enact their agendas.
Identifying Obstacles and Deadlocks
A. Obstacles and hindrances include impediments to participation in "free and fair elections" imposed by political parties, special interests, extra-judicial authorities, and other entities, including the following:
Crowdsourcing Global Access
A. Voters worldwide can connect to each other online by using their smartphones and computers to access and create private accounts on the Global Social Network for Voters via the VotersUnited.Global website, and obtain authorization to use the network's internal communication tools and services.
Building Consensus across Partisan Lines
A. Mainstream voters, unlike political parties, party activists and donors, tend to hold less partisan views than they do, and are more willing to compromise to prevent legislative stalemates.
Voters can bypass uncompromising, partisan views by using network tools to:
Circumventing Polarizing Social Media
A. Many social media platforms use Artificial Intelligence-based algorithms programmed to identify and spread divergent views, and provoke divisiveness among users, even when these views are based on falsehoods and misrepresentation of actual facts.
These algorithms are also used by competing politicians and political parties to divide voters into hostile groups, especially by provoking arguments among voters based on exaggerations and even outright lies. They pit polarized groups of voters against each other in order to "gin up" angry electoral bases large enough to win elections.
The Global Social Network for Voters is designed to attain an opposite goal, which is to unite voters by connecting them online to identify common needs. and distinguish facts from fictions propagated by polarizing social media platforms, politicians, and political parties.
The network enables voters to build consensus across partisan lines, and form voting blocs, political parties, and electoral coalitions around common legislative agendas, by using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technology to replace biased algorithms.
The network's agenda setting, consensus building, and political organizing tools enable voters to build such large cross-partisan electoral bases comprised of voters across the spectrum that they can nominate and elect lawmakers to defeat hyperpartisan candidates and parties.
News Feeds: Voters and their blocs, parties, and coalitions can create and curate their own news feeds comprised of reliable sources they trust. The network will not be providing a centrally controlled, algorithm-based, news feed channeling news to network.
Building Majority Rule Governments
A. Majority vs Minority Rule: The Global Social Network for Voters enables voters to wrest control of elections and legislation from political parties and minority rule lawmakers, by circumventing the innumerable obstacles that obstruct voters' exercise of their sovereign voting rights.
Network tools enable voters to build voting blocs, political parties, and electoral coalitions hosted on the network. They can use them to assemble majorities of voters large enough to determine who runs for office, who gets elected, and what laws are passed.
They can also change the laws, institutions and processes that govern elections, such as the U.S. Electoral College, gerrymandered election districts, and winner-take-all elections that enable minority rule.
For example, voters who use the network to collaborate in setting legislative agendas and building blocs, parties, and coalitions to implement them, can build majorities of voters to elect lawmakers at all levels of government who endorse voters' agendas to amend the U.S. Constitution to change or abolish the Electoral College.
Since their blocs, parties, and coalitions will include members who reside in states across the country and can assemble majorities of voters to determine who is elected at all levels of government, they will have the electoral power to change virtually any laws and institutions they wish -- including state legislatures in which their members reside, as well as courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
These majority building activities are likely to prove indispensable to instituting a fully-functioning democracy now that legislatures and courts at all levels in the U.S. are passing laws and making decisions that contradict the expressed demands of majorities of U.S. voters. These contradictions are exemplified by well-document majority opposition to laws and court decisions preventing gun control legislation, and denying women reproductive rights. The network enables voters to exercise their political sovereignty by deciding what governing laws, institutions, and processes they desire to retain, change, or abolish.
In an historic break with past practices that isolated voters and confined their voting power to single election districts in one country, the network now makes it possible for voters to build and manage blocs, parties, and coalitions that operate simultaneously within and across multiple election districts in multiple countries.
Most importantly, voters can assembly winning majorities of voters at all levels that set common legislative agendas, and nominate and elect lawmakers to enact their agendas in districts and countries where their members are eligible to register to vote and cast votes.
They can collectively devise domestic, cross-national, and global solutions to risks and threats to their lives and livelihoods caused by government failures to stop climate catastrophes, preventable pandemics, acts of violence, and predatory economies that increase inequalities of wealth and income.
In another break with historical precedents, voters' coordinated, cross-national consensus building by large majorities of voters in multiple countries can induce multi-lateral cooperation among governments that typically find it difficult to work together. Their leaders' actions will now be influenced by the capabilities of these voting majorities to decide which officials are re-elected or replaced.
The 8 steps above describe how voters can join forces on the single, autonomous, open access platform provided by the network to build winning electoral majorities at all levels of government.
(Note: The Global Social Network for Voters incorporates technology from the Interactive Voter Choice System, USPTO No. 7,953,628, and the Decision Assisting Artificial Intelligence System for Electoral and Legislative Consensus Building, USPTO No. 20220067844.)
Gaming the System
World Changing Games
A. The renowned game developer, Jane McGonigal, authored a book entitled Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.
She points out that 500 million people play online social games every day, especially massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs). They prefer games of collaboration and camaraderie to games of warfare and aggression.
These players, according to McGonigal, are creating a global "collective intelligence" about ways and means by which ordinary people like themselves can dramatically improve the quality of human life, and solve societal problems that cause preventable physical and emotional suffering.
McGonigal believes the reason so many people play world-saving games is because real world environments and institutions deny them the power to be heroic. Participation in these games adds meaning and happiness to players' imaginary lives by enabling them to make valuable contributions to their online communities.
At the same time, they are developing interpersonal problem solving skills that they can use in the real world to play collaborative, pro-active roles in real life that enable them to join forces with legions of other people to solve problems causing human suffering -- including their own.
Voters worldwide can enhance their "collective intelligence" for strengthening democracy by playing the world changing VotersUnited.Global Game. They can use their game playing skills and strategies to expand their know-how for using the Global Social Network for Voters to increase their control over elections.
The VotersUnited.Global Game is an online board game using a deck of cards. It is based on the Interactive Voter Choice System, U.S. Patent No. 7,953,628, and the System for Playing an Interactive Voter Choice Game, U.S. Patent No. 8,313,383.
When voters play the game, they will quickly see how they can use the web and tools accessible on the Global Social Network for Voters to circumvent many of the obstacles preventing them from controlling their elections and determining who runs for office, who gets elected, and what laws are passed.
Although the game was originally invented for the U.S. electorate to empower American voters to control U.S. elections and legislation, the game addresses generic challenges encountered by people living in countries throughout the world.
Playing the VotersUnited.Global Game will show voters around the world how they can build their own voting blocs, political parties and electoral coalitions to circumvent impediments similar to those existing worldwide.
The game can be played online as well as face-to-face by players in homes, schools and communities, by any number of participants using mobile and desktop devices. In both face-to-face and online versions, game players play the role of voters residing in simulated election districts that each participant selects from the game's online Election District Database, districts modeled after U.S. Congressional districts.
Players will compete with each other to develop winning strategies for setting legislative agendas and building online voting blocs, political parties, and electoral coalitions to elect a candidate for public office to represent the election district in which they have chosen to play the game.
They can search the Election District Database to obtain strategic information about each district that they can use to plan their electoral strategies and decide how to set winning agendas and build winning blocs, parties, and coalitions. This information will include voting patterns, voters' legislative preferences, prior choices of particular combinations of priorities, trends and significant political events. To initiate an online game, which can be played synchronously or asynchronously, at least two prospective players must choose the same election district from the database.
As players move around the game board, they will develop strategies for managing the effects on their legislative agendas and their blocs, parties, and coalitions of unforeseen events that add or subtract votes to and from their tallies.
Their challenge is to use events they control to add votes to their scores, and offset votes they lose as a result of events they can not control, so they can ultimately build winning blocs, parties, and coalitions that cast the highest number of votes for their candidates.
Players develop strategies for setting a legislative agenda and building winning blocs, parties, and coalitions that reflect their own personal legislative priorities, district voters' priorities and voting patterns, as well as the changing demographics of the district, according to strategic information they access in the Election District Database.
Players who builds the voting bloc, political party or electoral coalition that casts the most votes for its candidate are the winners. If two or more players merge their voting blocs and parties into coalitions that cast the most votes for their candidates, these players are the winners.
While playing the game, voters will see how the consensus building tools provided on the Global Social Network for Voters make it possible for voters worldwide to build consensus around their own collectively devised solutions to problems, crises and conflicts that current governments appear unable to devise.
They will realize they can easily get their solutions implemented legislatively by forming consensus building voting blocs, political parties and electoral coalitions large enough to determine who runs for office, who gets elected, and what laws are enacted.
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