Imagine this:

It’s Election Day and you’re a registered “independent” voter living in small-town USA. The same party dominates, as usual, and you’re locked out of the primaries. Your outcome is certain: hopes from this “highest” civic duty dashed, and a four-year dream deferred, again.

The next day, a jury summons arrives by mail. You dutifully conduct your second civic duty and at the end of the day, a second outcome is certain: you get poked and prodded, but not paid enough for your jury service.

At your favorite coffee shop before heading home, between java sips, you see a “public notice” advertisement in the back-pages of a newspaper; it announces the mayor’s plan to spend tax money on something you strongly oppose. Unfortunately, a third outcome is certain: your window to speak out against the proposal, short enough already, has passed.

Then, on Inauguration Day 2013, is launched to revive this third civic right. Because of the new website, you receive a timely email alert about the mayor’s next spending plan and send in a comment so strong it shuts down the entire project. Apparently no one noticed, like you did, the mayor’s “Big Plan” omitted something crucial. Thus, despite his recent landslide victory, you and your one comment triumphed. is more effective than voting, and easier to do.

Despite the powerful civic right of comment, few Americans know about it and even fewer exercise it. And no wonder, the system itself has not been modernized for centuries, leaving our democracy wanting.

America loses by allowing this third civic right to become atrophied by antiquity and corrupted by appearance. It creates a sense of impropriety and secrecy where none may exist and fails to accurately gauge public sentiment on government proposals. Online notices and comments enhance communication, yields better results, less delays, and less waste. presents a new future for our democracy; one where comments like yours can have more impact than a million votes, and where a secure national database is used to comment on matters before they become law.

This future is now.

Please sign a petition to your state legislators showing your support for the online public notice movement by visiting our website

Local change happens when local people demand it.

By: John W. Davis, II, JD
CEO and Founder, N&C, Inc.