FAQ's - MiVote Basics
Is this really going to have any affect on the current state of politics?
The current state of politics can only change if the people do something to change it. MiVote is the culmination of four years of development and thousands of conversations from a group of concerned citizens who are no longer prepared to watch our democracy be manipulated and our voices ignored. If enough Australians feel the same way then, yes, we will indeed improve the current system.
What do you mean by frames?
Every political issue can be viewed through a diverse set of perspectives - economic, humanitarian, security, and environmental, to name but a few. Each of these perspectives has unique pros and cons that must be understood before policy is approved. MiVote consolidates these perspectives into frames, carefully investigated by a nonpartisan team of researchers, to showcase these pros and cons and simplify the decision-making process.
How does voting on an issue affect policy?
A MiVote Member will vote on issues through their chosen frame, which provides specific directions to the MiVote representative on how to vote for a particular policy in parliament. Communicating our perspectives to the MiVote representative shows what legislation matters to us and where we want Australia to go.
What do my financial contributions go towards?
Your contributions go towards building, maintaining and developing the platform, funding the research team, and operational costs.
How can I trust that MiVote candidates will vote the way we tell them?
MiVote’s vision and values are embedded within the brand, and MiVote will go through a rigorous process to check candidates against these values. Each candidate in their appointment is aware that they can only serve two terms and they must serve as a mentor for future candidates. They must not advocate anything other than the majority vote during their term. MiVote believe they have done everything within their power to ensure that the candidate upholds the values of MiVote.
Is MiVote a political party?
MiVote is currently a social movement - not a political party. We will be looking to register political party status in late 2017.
If I join MiVote am I joining a global movement?
MiVote is a social movement for the improvement of democracy. We are currently based in Australia but with grand plans to expand throughout the globe as soon as countries are ready for us! MiVote is currently in talks with 23 countries who are interested in starting MiVote chapters, and we are receiving international media attention.
How do you ensure that votes are from a member and not fake accounts?
To cast a vote you must create an account by providing a valid and unique Australian mobile phone number, as well as a valid and unique email address. You must be in possession of the mobile using that number, as it will be sent a code to access MiVote. In the near future, we will also be checking our member database details - such as address and name - against the Australian Electoral Role, to verify their identity and mitigate against users creating multiple accounts with multiple mobile phones.
When can users nominate the issues they want to vote on?
Is there anything to prevent anyone from voting overseas?
To cast a vote you must create an account by providing a valid and unique Australian mobile phone number, as well as a valid and unique email address. You must be in possession of the mobile using that Australian number, as it will be sent a code to access MiVote. In the near future, we will also be checking our member database details - such as address and name - against the Australian Electoral Role, to verify their identity and mitigate against users creating multiple accounts with multiple mobile phones.
When will you run your local council and state elections?
It is our intention to run local council and state representatives as they arise but running senate representatives currently offers the most impact. If you are interested in running as a MiVote candidate please email Nichola.
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