With current technologies, couldn't US politics move back to citizens voting on issues instead of just representation?
Right now for federal politics we essentially vote for representatives of our area (Senators for example) with the hope they will act in our best interest and desires. Originally this was done because it was impractical to get votes from millions of people on each issue so these representatives made democracy possible. Each representative essentially votes for millions of people once elected.
Now with the internet being available to just about everyone and an increasing lack of trust in politicians, couldn’t “we the people” simply vote on important issues directly? Let’s say there were monthly votes on 5–10 big issues. Voting could be done easily from your home, public libraries, major employers, or schools for a one week period each month. Politicians would need to have a majority vote to get an issue on the ballot, and then their role would move to educating the public or making convincing arguments for their side. Much like the current system within Congress and the House of Representatives.
Not every issue would be practical this way, you couldn’t practically vote on an entire federal budget, but lets say issues like universal health care, same-sex marriage, or deep sea drilling rights came to a popular vote. Wouldn’t you be more comfortable knowing it was at least a majority decision? You can still think the majority is wrong, but at least everyone would be represented directly.
It seems this would take a bit of the power out of the politicians hands and put it back with the people they represent.
Would this work? How would you improve on the idea? Would you be in favor of this type of system over the current method of representation?