I've just read this article on a new method of conducting a referendum, or where there is a vote between two choices. 

Whilst the author says that it is the best solution & the fairest way of conducting a vote, I see a number of flaws:

1. What happens if someone targets the Scot. Gov website and attempts to hack it? What if they were able to manipulate the votes held?

2. What if the tipping point is reached at just over 50%, but someone complains their passport was stolen when they wanted to change their mind and vote No? Do we cancel the celebrations?

3. Similarly, what if someone has had their login details guessed (they themselves may be the victim of computer hacking without knowing it), and their vote was changed. The person wouldn't know, it wouldn't be reported. But then it is discovered a year down the line that this was a widespread attack. Do we go to Westminster and ask to be part of UK again?

4. How soon are deceased people removed from the database? If all the count is doing is waiting for the day/time of a majority vote, will votes need to be removed as soon as someone is declared dead?

5. This is a fluid approach to voting. But what if it hits the magical number for UDI and people suddenly panic, and want to change their vote? You've given an indefinite period of time to decide to vote Yes. Shouldn't there be a period of time to change your mind?

6. The entire premise of everyone being classed as a No voter, and you only need to go on the system if you want to vote Yes isn't the way to conduct an election. If I don't vote (for whatever reason), I don't think it's fair to call me a No voter. That's like me calling the people who didn't vote in #GE2015 Tories, or UKIP sympathisers. 

7. Not everyone has access to the internet.

8. The world constantly changes. You can't produce a White Paper and leave it sitting for 5 years, letting people base decisions on out-of-date figures. And if you update it, wouldn't that affect someones decision? They might have read it and thought "that sounds fine", but when a revised version comes out they might read it and have second thoughts.

9. A period of campaigning invigorates the public & raises awareness of important issues. Not everyone will read the White Paper. Without campaigning, without heightened exposure in the media, people won't be armed with the facts.
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