When in the course of human events, political parties, media institutions and governing bodies no longer represent the will of the people, then it becomes necessary for the people to establish their own means of connection, education and assembly.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. Sadly, when it comes to equality of access and of assembly, and influence, there is no equality. For these reasons and more, it has become necessary for a new Journal of Record to be formed.
Our current party system and media institutions have led this country down the path of war and economic and social chaos. These institutions have refused to listen to the will of the people, and rather have focused on engineering outcomes using deceptive and many times illegal tactics.
They have made a mockery of the largest and most powerful government in the world.
They have refused to observe their own rules and have betrayed millions of citizens in the process.
They have obstructed resolution of matters affecting millions of Americans and prey on disengaged and uninformed voters with scare tactics to serve their own ends.
They have divided us.
WeVote® is designed to Unite the People — to be a foundation for a new age of democracy. One in which the value of the idea is omnipotent and that value is derived from participating members of the community.
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1. Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion and Petition.
In every respect, WeVote® will assist users with the tools to freely exercise their freedom of speech and of the press, and the right to assemble with like minded citizens, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
2. Right of equal Access to Information
A well educated electorate requires equal access of data related to ongoing legislative matters as well as current events, including discussion and voting tools to deepen the engagement, maximizing voter education and impact.
3. Right of equal Access to Lawmakers
A verified user on the WeVote® network will have Access to their representative’s page, be allowed to submit a private or public question, petition or statement. The Representative will see the activity on their end giving constituent data preference over non constituent. Common stakeholders, such as a user whom may be effected by a lawmaker’s vote but not necessarily in their district may also post publicly, vote and petition on the page of a representative. However, a non resident, non constituent may not contribute to the public page of a representative.
4. Right to Privacy of Identity
The right of users to be secure in their opinions and votes shall not be violated. Users may toggle their security preferences to protect their voting record on the network. However, if a user wishes to contribute to the public record on the network, they must attribute themselves.
5. Provisions related to Lobbying on Behalf of Users
A WeVote® Field Representative may compile network data of users contributions to any specific issue, petition or bill and use it for the purposes of impacting lawmaker’s decisions on behalf of our users.
6. Right to a Spam/Troll Free Engagement Ecosystem
In order to preserve accurate sentiment analysis and to be as influential in matters of public policy and elections as possible, WeVote® reserves the right to refuse access to publishing tools on the platform to users who have not been verified. Only users who have been verified as registered voters will have the rights to publish and contribute to the ever growing body of shared knowledge and sentiment on the network.
7. Right to reform electioneering tactics
With respect to the way elections are conducted — Politicians entering a political contest will have free access to contact constituents directly via the WeVote® network. This will ensure ideas are the main currency of the election and not how much a politician can fundraise.
8. Right to Unfiltered News
With respect to how users receive and consume news and information via the WeVote® Newsfeed — Users’ newsfeeds will be based on a standard ranking model of content that will be consistent for all users based on geography and voter registration records. Personalization based on personal preference will not be a factor in determining what content you will see in your newsfeed. Rather, post rankings will weigh metrics such as date posted, votes, other network activity.
9. Right to Raise Awareness of Citizen Sentiment
The mission of WeVote® is to remove or significantly reduce the barriers on voters to participate in the public policy process. In that regard, WeVote® is approaching this challenge by providing lawmakers with access to reliable data of constituent and stakeholder sentiment in order to better represent their respective districts. We are dedicated to constant improvement and innovation in this endeavor.
10. Right of the Users Under the WeVote® Constitution
The WeVote® network is designed to run parallel to actual civic institutional procedures, such as legislative season and elections, as well as an alternative source of information gathering and assembly of civically minded citizens. WeVote® however, is not a binding force for direct democracy. Meaning, no matter how overwhelmingly lopsided an argument on the network might be, it does not necessarily translate into a correlated result in the public institution in question.