Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Occupy Movement:
So there I was, standing by myself, in the den of complacency and inequity we call Cambridge City Hall. Around me sat lawyers, residents, a handful of civil workers, and council.
The last municipal election saw problems with people missing from the voter’s list, a list they get from somebody else. People were registered in the wrong wards, electronic voting machines wound up having problems, the data wasn’t up-to-date enough. Those same problems will be compounded with the increase of voters if you don’t fix the reasons for the errors in the first place. With new technology comes new reasons for failure. Tonight was the decision on whether or not our city was going to take the next step in municipal elections by adding the Internet, telephone, or mail to vote. Here I am, in a city of 130,000 residents, and I was the only guy there playing the devil’s advocate.
One of the most important aspects of The Occupy Movement, our democracy, was in for a radical change, and I was alone. They’re doing it, anyway.
Society needs to upgrade, too.