In this paper, we present a new way to deal with initiatives, i.e. proposals that can be submitted to voting by the citizens of a democracy. We call it “Assessment Voting”. It takes place in two rounds. Before the conclusive voting, a given number of randomly-chosen voters casts its votes. These voters have exercised their right to vote irrevocably. The results from this first round are a good assessment of the outcome to be expected from a voting of all citizens. Once the results of the first round are published, the initiative group has the possibility to withdraw its proposal. It can also choose to proceed, so that the remaining voters now vote in the second round. The results of both rounds are added for the final decision. In response to an Assessment Voting, initiatives may also be revised or counterproposals can be made, triggering a restart of the two-round voting process.
Assessment Voting Initiativen und Referenda Direkte Demokratie