What is Direct Democracy?

- (noun) a democracy in which the power to govern lies directly in the hands of the people rather than being exercised through their representatives.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language

Direct democracy - or as some call it “pure democracy” - is a form of government in which people vote on policy initiatives directly, as opposed to a representative democracy in which people vote for representatives who then vote on policy initiatives.

We live in an age of instant communication. The Internet has revolutionized the speed at which we exchange information and ideas. We bank online. We shop for food, clothes, and cars over the internet. We even meet new people, and share pieces of our lives with them - all through technology. Why has our government not kept pace?

It’s time that each voice is heard and Jon Jones has a plan to ensure that the every person in our community can actively participate in Atlanta city government. With user-friendly technology, electronic voting will allow every member of District 5 to vote on legislation, author new legislation, or make pleas to the city. Electronic town halls will keep every participant informed, and provide a level of civic engagement  unparalleled by any democracy in the world! Using simple tools on the web and telephone will enable the electorate to create, propose and vote upon all policy implementations that effect them. Imagine: a new era for the city of Atlanta.

Never before has City Hall allowed initiatives to be put forward by members of the general public. Never before has a city resident had the ability to directly vote on, or make changes to, legislation before the committees. This is YOUR city; and YOU HAVE THE RIGHT.

Elect Jon Jones as Councilman for District 5, and usher in a future that restores POWER to the PEOPLE!

The people don't know their true power...

Or so they THINK! Politics has become a morphed version of what the founding fathers intended it to be. Instead of elected officials making decisions based on common sense and a collective good for everyone in the community, they operate on behalf of lobbyists, corporate donors, and insider corruption.

I'm running for City Council to

make Atlanta the first city in the 21st century to have a functioning direct democracy.

As a voter, you wield an incredible amount of power. This election, use it to vote for YOUR seat at the table.

Frequently Asked Questions

Don't worry. It's natural to be skeptical. Below are a handful of answers to the questions that we get most often about how Direct Democracy will work in Atlanta.

Why should Atlanta have a Direct Democracy?

How exactly will citizen voting work?

What about people who don't have access to technology?

Has Direct Democracy ever worked before?

California sort of has Direct Democracy. Is this the same?

How will we write laws that involve using tax-payer money?

What about the influence of money/lobbyists?

But aren’t citizens too uninformed/busy?

In a Direct Democracy, who do we hold accountable?

Wow! I'm excited! What can I do to make this happen?

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