The Outraged Also Cry Out For Electronic Voting


The Outraged movement claims for electoral reforms which include electronic-voting. Image: astrologosdelmundo.ning.com

The outraged movement in Spain is practically a march. Mentioning it already leads to a series of attributes that have spread it like a virus all over the planet: a social fight, engagement, support and the search of solutions to the problems of the people and the world.

The claims of this group, self-called 15 de Mayo, as this was the date when the first mobilization took place on a national scale (where 50 cities in Spain participated) can be gathered in its catchphrase: Real Democracy Now. Its demands go from the economic area (tax reform, mortgage, financial) going from social (decent housing, zero discrimination, free and universal healthcare) to politics (engaged democracy, separation of power, and transparency in public conduct).

Most of the demands are of universal nature, and there for, the Outraged are not only of Spanish nationality, but also English, American, Italian, Japanese, and many others. What is special about these groups is that they gather people from all types of social backgrounds, ages, religions and educational levels. But they all blend in a desire to have a better and fair world.

It is also important to highlight that, a movement that is concerned about changing the way how the political and economical system has evolved, should recognize that, in parallel, should give a shift to the conception of government. Besides, it is also necessary to modify the way that authorities are elected (open lists with single constituency and a proportional model) and scheme used until for voting.

This is how the process that the Outrage seek, born from the need of being heard and understood by those who hold power, also involves the transformation of the electoral system by way of electronic voting. This approach sets on the table that automated vote is a flag clenched by citizens to have a democracy based on clean, reliable and quick elections. The spokesperson of the 15M movement, Claudia Álvarez explains: “The citizens should be able to pass bills, use electronic voting, just as proposed by Democracy 4.0, or be able to collaboratively write a Constitution similar to the Iceland wikiconstitution”, she pointed out.

In Spain, electronic voting has had several rehearsals, but no autonomous community has been able to take off and put into practice the system that has been infallible in each attempt made. The Outraged, in the face of general elections for next November, can be the last boost for authorities to formalize the intention of revamping voting. This nation can compare itself with their European equals and even match the trajectory already reached at full speed and successfully by Latin American countries.

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