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August 30, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Direct democracy empowers people

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In today’s talk about politics, most discussions usually revolve around either the Democratic or Republican parties and maybe third parties, but what about reforming our political system to allow citizens to vote on bills through in-person or electronic means?

Many citizens would say a direct form of democracy such as this couldn’t work effectively with a population around 315 million people, but here are some reasons why it should be considered for our country.

A direct democracy would allow citizens to vote or introduce legislation through various methods and would encourage more people to get involved in political issues. It would actually empower voters instead of leaving them feeling hopeless, which many do. Voters would feel like they are part of the whole process instead of being just another a number without much say in regard to policy set at any level of government.

A direct democracy would take power away from lobbying interests that currently exert control over policies and legislation and speak on behalf of corporations.

Finally, if citizens could actually vote on legislation, many laws could be repealed as an infringement on individual liberties. If citizens were allowed to vote and propose legislation, we would be a prosperous society because unnecessary laws as well as regulations would probably not exist.

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