Power to the people is a popular theme in elections, but how do you get it there when the election process and rules can be complicated and difficult.Pennsylvania Political Campaign Management Database (Thanks, Richard!)
David Lynn's answer was to create and freely distribute the Pennsylvania Political Campaign Management Database to make it easier for people to run for office in Pennsylvania. He hopes his completely free software (he doesn't even ask for your name) will encourage younger people to enter the political process as candidates.
Software and the willing efforts of programmers like David Lynn can be a way to hack the political system and make it easier for regular people to negotiate the often labyrinthine election statutes and get elected. More power to him.
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