One way to encourage public participation in the democratic process is to utilise the technology available today: the internet. Why did the flag referendum use paper ballots (for example), costing millions, when a vote can be done electronically via the MyGov web site (making it secure)? Additionally, issues of the day can be put out for public review and comment in the same manner, ensuring that our representatives are actually representing the views of their constituents. The internet can make a true Democratic process viable, in a way we couldn't before (which is why representative republican governance was invented since large populations simply couldn't place their thoughts before the group directly; now we can). ToP should champion this approach for future legislation in New Zealand.