Votax

Belmer Negrillo

Hilary Braseth 

Marcos C. Alencar

Special thanks to Sean Hewens and Pedro Andrade

 

-  San Francisco, USA

 

ENGAGEMENT: How might we... enable voters to allocate their votes proportional to what they wish to become a reality?

It’s time to shift democracy.

In a world where our economy is global, our communications cross-continental and our challenges increasingly complex and universal, a one-dimensional vote hardly does justice to, nor reflects the nuance of a voter’s political preferences. The world in which we live can hardly be defined so clearly.

Votax proposes an alternative system of voting, elevating it to a multi-faceted, participatory platform and creating a new way for citizens to allocate decision power proportional to what they wish to become reality.

The basic principle is the same: every citizen holds the same decision power, but instead of one person, one vote, each person decides how to allocate what would be her share of budget.

The proposed process shares the same mental model one would use to decide how to spend the disposable income of their household.

In this way, people can “spend” different amounts based on preferences, priorities and pressing needs. Rather than choosing ‘either/or’, Votax permits ‘both/and’, enlivening our public sector and allowing a more precise expression of the people’s will.

Initially designed to improve the representation of people in ‘Participatory Budgeting’, Votax is an upgrade on how people express their opinions. Democracy starts with better listening.

 

Each year, citizens register to vote and receive their individual share of the discretionary budget at local, state and federal levels. 

You can easily view how much you have available as your share of the discretionary budget, and also how your ‘votes’ distribute among different voting categories.

Citizens can browse projects and priorities in the Votax app at local, state and federal levels, viewing each project’s cost and credentials.

Citizens can either allocate funds toward projects in browse mode, or can add projects to their ballot for later voting.