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This Startup Believes They Can “Restore Democracy to America by Replacing Congress with Software”

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Computers don’t lie, politicians do. This California startup is running two candidates for Congress as the human face of their software system that votes on every bill according to the public majority online.

They believe they can “restore democracy to America by replacing Congress with software.”

PlaceAVote might be onto something. Here are 3 reasons why.

1. PlaceAVote’s software system that votes on every bill according to the public majority online. The company is running two candidates for Congress as the human face of the digitized democracy tool in California districts 16 and 22—a couple of random computer engineers named Job Melton and John Catano.

2. If the candidates get voted in, any registered US citizen can vote on any piece of legislation through the PlaceAVote website, and the representative will vote according to that tally. The startup has got another 20 or so filler candidates lined up to run in 2016 in cities around the US.

3. From there, constituents are able to vote on any bill, regardless of whether your district voted in a software candidate. One Redditor described it as “direct-democracy proxy’d into a representative system.”

“There is something pretty incredible about seeing a bill like SOPA and just logging online to shut it down versus calling your bribed congressman,” PlaceAVote said in a recent statement.

While that’s true, there are a whole lot of problems with this nicely intentioned idea. The most obvious is that the system would be ripe for hacking and voter fraud, not to mention privacy issues. But they could be onto something for forcing accountability and transparency onto elected officials.

[More.](http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-startup-trying-to-replace-congress-with-software-has-two-candidates-running)

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