As an Introduction: ‘IMAGINE ALL THE PEOPLE’


‘Scotland now has an opportunity to nail dynamic real time counting. Can you imagine? No one would be able to spin anything, once the constitution of the project was all live and public online! I’m all about the Blockchain, ScotGov needs to deliver a reprogramming of existing political infrastructure, into the Blockchain!

Scotland’s entire electoral register and governmental processes need to move into this new modern era. Technology now needs to undermine the antiquated existing paper system, and then eventually overtake it, and become it!’

Above quote via Twitter: @delboy1978uk – In digital discussions with Twitter: @YesDayScotland 7.12.2016

In considering a full year of ongoing  Twitter discussions leading to this submission, and centred on E-Democracy via ‏@YesDayScotland, we accumulated a total of 3,900,000 Tweet impressions, from a virtual standing start.

Twitter’s 4 quarters of a year PRIOR TO SUBMISSION 16.12.16
Dec 2015 – March 2016 400k accelerating from our Sept 2015 start point
March 2016 – June 2016 1.3M ‘Twitter campaign E-Democracy’
June 2016  – Sept 2016 900k ongoing chat!
Sept 2016 – Dec 2016 1.3M #NationalSurvey narrative, summary, discussions on funnelled data accelerators across a significantly wider span of social media and involving even better incorporation across the existing span of technology, all aligned with consideration for how future E-Democracy campaigns can create even more holistic inclusivity, with further accelerated voter participation. 

Since starting the Twitter feed in Sept 2015, we’ve seen 4,070,000 Tweet impressions.

If the volume of Tweet impressions was to be individualised to people, on our Twitter feed alone? That line of people would stretch 2,312 miles!

The above figures clearly demonstrate the sheer scale of public interest, during ‘Twitter campaign E-Democracy’. Our Twitter feed has also been accompanied by an accumulating range of 40 articles, which have all summarised the accumulating and progressive dialogue.

Scotland’s 2016 E-Democracy #NationalSurvey was an incredible success.


As an introduction:

Scotland, a worldwide shining light for E-Democracy.

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland 1.12.2016

‘Highly effective’
’Alex Salmond, Former First Minster of Scotland

‘A phenomenal achievement’
Alexander Nix, CE Cambridge Analytica

‘In all our interests’
Melanie Reid of The Times, for STV News

‘Massive and sophisticated’
Caron Lindsay, Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice

Chris Green iNews

‘A prolonged charm offensive’
Euan McColm, The Scotsman

‘Massive, unprecedented … very exciting’
Gordon Brewer BBC Scotland

(All of the above distilled quotes, and all expanded originals via Twitter: @YesDayScotland 2.12.2016 – also available on our wordpress)

We’ve repeatedly asked Twitter on the accumulating specific basis of #NationalSurvey, if anyone anywhere would still prefer a referendum based upon archaic paper slip voting?Our questioning began significantly prior to the #NationalSurvey ending, and to date, we still don’t have one single stated desire from one single person on Twitter, to use paper slip voting again. So, Digital it is!

Digital needs to be:

  • Fully interfaced with electoral roll.
  • Potentially with visibly accumulating statistics.
  • Able to incorporate great social media Sharing capability.

We’ve also run a 7 day Twitter poll asking people what they thought about the length of time for a Digitalised Referendum, a key consideration being that (as evidenced by #NationalSurvey) – accelerated holistic community discussion and empowerment takes many days.

The poll ran for 1 week, with 2,107 Tweet impressions, 171 engagements and 103 participants. Seemingly the case therefore, that social media users were somewhat restrained in wishing to state their opinion on such an important matter.

1 DAY 11%

1 WEEK 34%

1 MONTH 55%

Should ScotGov determine to digitalise a referendum, we would therefore recommend further contemplation and wider consultation. It may well be worth asking if the process should run for 2 or 3 weeks.


OPPORTUNITY. Scotland can evidence a worldwide shining light for referendum Electronic Democracy.
YOUTH. September 2016 TNS poll has defined 66% under age 35, in favour of YES. Youth can socially accelerate the digital participation.
COST. 2014’s referendum cost taxpayers £15.85M, NationBuilder website currently being used by the SNP for The National Survey, has costs defined as a few thousand pounds per month.
SECURITY. Blockchain Distributed Transaction Ledgers can operate mirrored servers. Indelible digitalised vote records permanently available for the scrutiny of UN inspectors.
SUSTAINABILITY. A remarkably reduced environmental impact, with virtual zero carbon footprint. What paper savings!
POPULATION CONVENIENCE. No voting booths required, voters simply sign in with digital passports, and vote.
GOVERNMENT CONVENIENCE. No closed schools, no manned polling stations, automated digital vote counting.
ENHANCED VOTER PARTICIPATION. Driven by youth, accelerated by the physical convenience of being able to make votes using everyday internet devices. Holistic inclusiveness.
CULTURE. Scotland’s nationalism is currently largely political as opposed to cultural. By involving the span of digitalised social media, this can align more towards cultural.
THE FUTURE. As worldwide governments move to embrace Electronic Democracy, the creation of digital passports for a referendum, means that the population is then versed and able to participate in future voting, including elections.

In addition to the above physical reasons, we also highlight the many emotive reasons for shifting from paper to digital, as so successfully evidenced already in Scotland’s #NationalSurvey.

BY DIGITALISING, (excerpts from our article of 12 Dec 2015)

Respect. Belief. Credibility. Trust. Ownership. Pride.


Subjected to the driven views of Politicians
Subjected to abusive media bias
With a section of No voters ashamed of their vote
Questioning validity
In an archaic process
In a situation which wasn’t inclusive to all
Feeling non-Patriotic
Lied to
Feeling they voted without knowing what they even voted for

A true measurement of the will of the people
Comforting process
Massively reduced abusive media bias
Every voter proud of their vote
Acknowledgement of validity
A modern era process, befitting the question
In a situation fully-inclusive to every section of society
A re-connecting population
Knowing what they voted for, via White Paper hard copy and download

When considering the above, if Scotland’s #NationalSurvey had been properly interfaced with the electoral roll, with visible stats, and knowledge that indelible digitalised vote records were being maintained on multiple mirrored servers with Distributed Transaction Ledgers for the permanent scrutiny of UN inspectors, there would have been even greater harmony!!!

Our Twitter and wordpress have very carefully explained why we don’t think any further referendum is now required. As a result of Scotland’s #NationalSurvey, the YES side has #BIGDATA which, if digitally deployed to full capability, will categorically guarantee a referendum YES result. And it doesn’t matter if that future referendum is paper, or digital. The only way No can win, is by using archaic paper slips, and stealing all the votes!

Hundreds of people have read our articles, on this #BIGDATA specific over the last 6 days. The response is completely 100% flawless. As it is NUMBERS GAME OVER, Political Autonomy should assign to Scotland. First things first, the referendum cost savings of £15.85M can be invested elsewhere.

The image below shows The Magical Digitalised Road to The Future. It was taken on Fife’s Kirkcaldy bypass, by one of Scotland’s most amazingly accomplished young photographers. (Image is link watermarked) We’ve used this image from the 2016 Happiest area in Scotland, because it has headed all 40 of our E-Democracy wordpress articles.

We aspire to take on Denmark one day, and become the world’s Happiest country. But we need to take this road first, and it certainly isn’t archaic paper slip voting. It is Digital.

The Scottish Government can set Scotland on this road. Let’s show the world what a full blown E-Democracy digitalised revolution looks like. Let’s take the Digital Road.


Our submission is made on 16.12.16 – a Double Digit Palindromic. Wishing all of Scotland good fortune for the future.

Many thanks for your time,

All info via Twitter: @YesDayScotland



  1. I’m not the most learned Blockchain person. However, I have a wee problem with the system overall. Maybe I’m wrong, but this voting via the blockchain (a wee bit like Bitcoin) seems to favour those tech-literate types who buy into the concept first and then, no matter how fairly it is done, a relative few will have a disproportinate say.

    I’m all for progressing into digital voting…so, if I’ve over-complicated the case, I apologise.


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