Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Vote for Your New Board of Governors!
I can tell you in 17 years here in the Cape, I've voted in community elections once, maybe twice. It just hasn't been on my radar. I do intend to vote this year, but it occurred to me that it would be REALLY great if we could do it online. I do find it difficult to remember to fit a trip down to the Clubhouse into my daily craziness (that's a little lame, but true). You can mail in your ballot, but finding a functioning pen, an envelope, addressing it, finding a stamp, taking it to the mailbox... Again, SO incredibly lame, but that's the reality of why it doesn't get done in this household.
I would cast my vote in a heartbeat, though, if the ballot were readily available online. I'm envisioning a reminder e-mail with a link to the bios and an online ballot on the CSCIA website. Maybe even a question and answer page where Capers can post questions for the candidates online. There are ample online voting software packages available - eBallot, Vote Pro, Big Pulse, etc. I'm sure there must be a way to verify residency and one vote/person or household. I have to believe such a capability would dramatically increase the level of participation in our elections.
The fact is, a very few people elected by a VERY small portion of the Cape (I don't know what the typical voter response is, but I'm guessing less than 20%? 10%?) controls the direction of this community. Again, I have been pleased in the past with the work our hardworking Board has done, but I'd like to see more community involvement and input, as would they, I imagine. Making use of available technology to make voting and information more accessible would be a great start. Perhaps this has been batted around at those meetings I'm so bad about attending.
While we're at it, how about a CSCIA Facebook page? Twitter feed from the CSCIA office? Live video feed of the community meetings with an option to play back the video? Strategically placed webcams around the community so we can go online and see if the water is high at Deep Creek, or if it's crowded at the Main Beach, or if our kayaks are safe at Lake Claire or the Little Magothy? OK, I know there are privacy and security issues with the last one, but it would be really cool. I love the Bay Bridge traffic cam and the Naval Academy harbor cam. Why not some Cape cams (vandals might have a go at them, but at least we would have them on video in the act)? Anybody else have other ideas?
Community involvement has been a struggle in the Cape for decades, and now the technology is available to change that. Maybe something for the new Board to consider. Please take a moment and cast your vote the old-fashioned way before January 7th. It's still every bit as important if a little archaic. You can also place your vote in person at the Membership Meeting at the Clubhouse on January 11, 2011 at 7:30PM. I'm off right now to cast mine (if the office is open, that is. Online voting would always be open, 24/7. I'm just saying...)