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Submission WEST AND AYERS-0109 (Online)

Submission By John Allen West and Virginia Ayers
AddressNew Westminster, BC,
CategoryDemocratic government, Electoral system change
The next by-election should use an experimental ballot form with 'None-of-the-Above' (NOTA) as an option.  If the voters accept this option, it should be adopted for the next provincial election in all ridings.  [2 pages]

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[To see this submission in its original format, see the linked document below]


Recommendations: For the next by-election, the Chief Electoral Officer is encouraged by the Lt. Governor to use an experimental ballot form, as he is empowered to do, with  None-of-the-Above/NOTA as an option, with results counted and released. If this demonstrates more registered voters, it should be considered a success and adopted in the very next provincial election.

If a majority of voters choose NOTA, then a pool of NOTA Voters is created. A man and a woman are selected  randomly from the pool to represent the riding in a constituent assembly  which would replace the adversarial party alternative, toward expressing the priorities for the well-being of the people and land of the riding and all B.C.

A willingness to serve would be voluntary and would rely on the integrity of the individual.  The man and the woman serve consensually, interdependently, and interchangeably in the assembly and in their riding.
In addition, in each riding, a man and a woman are also randomly selected from Metis & First Nations people. In any event, all people carrying Social Insurance Numbers, also young people from the age of 12 should be eligible to vote.

A Caretaker Government is formed when enough ridings have a majority voting NOTA in preference to party candidates or independents. A Caretaker Government deliberates initially in a men's council and a women's council, speaking in turn around an open circle, until consensus is reached. The councils meet together to prepare appropriate changes in legislation for  plebiscites and referenda to ensure the authority of the people at large.

The Priorities Council deliberates in real time, in person, in public, face-to-face, with input supplemented where necessary by guest speakers.  Current legislation would always be looked at in the context of individual and collective well-being.

Meetings open with the drop of a feather, and are divided into quadrants, north/ south/ east/ west, reflecting geographic relationships of ridings.  Agendas are decided in assembly.  Guiding roles are held briefly and change as topics change. Roles for each gathering are selected by nomination, self-nomination, and random selection, and are chosen rather quickly, as the roles require attention in the present rather than previous experience.

Regular official polls for  public opinion and individual initiatives coming from the broad mass of the people would be given serious and timely consideration. The Assembly would work in a cooperative fashion with and be responsible for, all the maintenance, structure, and effectiveness of the civil service, with the express purpose of reducing the workload of the people of the province, towards a harmonious leisure state for all.
Group deliberations clarify principles and lines of reasoning around improvements in well-being of the people and land of the riding, of B.C., of Canada and the whole Earth. 

Submitted by John Allen West and Virginia Ayers 

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