In a 2011 CBS News Poll, only 13% of Americans said they believed Congress was serving the interests of the people. It seems most Americans do not believe they are being represented, but can we really blame our leaders? The average US Congressmen represents over 700,000 people! How can a politician keep up with their enormous constituencies?
Email and social media have given voters an incredible level of access to leaders, but are we really getting through? Most of our messages are read by staff interns and campaign managers, never reaching the person that actually writes and approves legislation. Because of this communication gap, it often feels like politicians are setting the agenda for us, rather than letting the people decide what issues are most important.
A new internet solution is needed to handle the unprecedented accessibility that every politician struggles to manage. This is where reddit can help. A subreddit has the ability to filter thousands of messages down to a digestible handful. It allows voters to submit their ideas to a page, where the voters themselves vote ideas up and down to determine the priority of ideas.
This empowers the voters by letting them decide which ideas should reach the politician. It saves the politician time by allowing the voters to do all of the filtering. By utilizing the power of reddit, voters now have the ability to communicate good ideas to their leaders very quickly. Politicians should still keep their email inbox open, but voters must realize that it requires an incredible amount of resources to respond to emails (which is probably why it is difficult to get a genuine response from a politician via email).
For this solution to reach its full potential, the politician must promote and support the use of reddit as a communication tool. Share this post with your politician or contact us today if one of your elected officials is interested in using the power of reddit to improve their communication with voters.