Voting Systems

Date: 29 Mar 2012 | posted in: governance | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

States have the authority to design their voting systems, so long as they do not violate the Constitutional Amendments or federal laws that prohibit them from discriminating against voters by gender or race.  In a 1997 case the US Supreme … Read More

Open Standards and Open Access in Vancouver, Canada

Date: 5 Jun 2009 | posted in: governance, information | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On May 21, 2009, Vancouver passed an important resolution to encourage technological openness in the City. The city is committing to making more data available, which will encourage citizen oversight and understanding of what the city government is doing.

The city is committing to open/accessible data, open standards, and open source software (not by mandating it, but by mandating its consideration when replacing or acquiring new systems).

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Community Broadband – Grant of Authority to Municipalities – Vermont

Prior to June 2007, a Vermont town that wanted to create a community broadband network would have to amend the town charter and get it approved by the Vermont Legislature to gain the necessary authority to do so.  Public Act 79 of 2007 changed that, granting broad authority to communities to create their own networks.

The national telecommunications companies like Comcast and Verizon had largely ignored Vermont, like other upper New England states.  These companies invested little in the low density communities – preferring to invest where they could maximize profits.  Realizing the future required fast broadband networks, the Vermont Legislature and Governor Douglas partnered, forming an overwhelming majority to pass legislature to encourage broadband investment.… Read More

Campaign Finance Reform – Oregon

Date: 1 Dec 2008 | posted in: governance | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Oregon’s 1994 Ballot Measure 6 amended the state constitution to allow candidates to "use or direct only contributions which originate from individuals who at the time of their donation were residents of the electoral district of the public office sought by the candidate."(Oregon Constitution Art. II, § 22) It imposed a 10 percent cap on the total amount of money a candidate could accept from contributors residing outside the district.… Read More

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