One of the most important differentiators in the Decred project is supposed to be its described voting structure. According to @davecgh , power is given to stakeholders to change Decred policy through a type of PoA structure. In the cited PoA paper, the described benefits are higher cost to hijack the coin and "...an improved network topology, incentives for maintaining full online nodes, low transaction fees, and a more efficient energy usage." That seems to make an "issues voting" structure innovative. The “yes/no” to the previous block voting has been described extensively and everyone seems content with that as that is how us PoSers (proof-of-stakers) make some money staking; I get it. However, for this coin to be different (a long-term success), the general public must understand how it fixes the problems with the status quo coins. @davecgh writes here, “...However, what is perhaps more important to realize than all the above is that voting has much greater implications and capabilities than simply voting whether you wish to deem the previous block as valid or not. Under the hood, a vote really consists of an extensible set of bit flags. This allows any voting agenda you can imagine to be assigned to one or more of the bits where the majority stakeholders make a public and transparent decision that is encoded into the very fabric of the blockchain. This means that whenever there are major decisions to be made about the future of the currency (an obvious example would be increasing the block size), the majority stakeholders make the decision via voting, not the developers or miners.” If this feature is supposed to fix the glaring Bitcoin deficiency regarding its difficulty in changing things such as its block size, then my questions relate to how it works: For a vote such as this, who or what is bound by the result of the vote? Does a vote like this amount to nothing more than a suggestion? What if there is a very close vote? Who words the vote? Can anything be put to a vote? Is there a minimum number of voters to decide issues? Is this like the lottery vote where random tickets are selected? Do issue votes require tickets? Forgive me if I missed obvious answers somewhere. I have searched for quite some time for them; so, I would guess that others will be enlightened by this thread. Edit: Took out my personal reason for asking.