A Web Site Where Latvians’ Ideas Can Become Law
The country, which has one of the lowest levels of political engagement in the European Union, is at the forefront of efforts to shift some political participation to the Internet.
The plight of local dogs left tied up alone outdoors has long bothered Mr. Grunte, a soft-spoken father of two and a translator of technical documents. So in January he went online and, usingManaBalss.lv, a Latvian Web site whose name translates to"My Voice,"created a parliamentary bill to make the practice illegal in Latvia. “I’ve never done anything political before,” he said. “But this was very easy.”
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