Some thoughts about the voting:
1) Someone who does not run a masternode cannot vote. His voice will never be heard.
2) Is it true that the total share of the masternodes owned by big investors and the dev team/DASH functionaries exceeds 50%? If this is true, and given item 1, the whole voting process becomes redundant. If I am not mistaken, there is at least one big investor who owns ca. 600 masternodes or 25% at the monent.
3) If several people have shares in one masternode, how should the owners of that masternode vote before the masternode itself can vote? How to estimate the number of such masternodes?
4) Project budget is proposed to be measured in US dollar which is backed up by nothing and can be created by FED in nanoseconds out of thin air. What about using gold/silver instead (1 ounce, 50 g)?
Along with what Minotaur said:
1. is not true because there will be an open forum for everyone and anyone to participate on each project. The people participating don't need to own a masternode, but can have great effect on the projects. Their input and insights will be the backbone of the system. They will be the ones to convince masternode owners which way to vote.
2. If they had that many of the masternodes, we wouldn't still be waiting for 51% of the vote! No, I'd be surprised if all together, they had as much as Mr. No. 1, who bought all his coins mid to late 2014. That was an investor, and not one of the team members as this person had big bucks even then to buy so many coins.
3. That has to be worked out by the service provider in such a way that makes his clients happy.
4. I don't see why not, except that gold is very volitile, silver is less so, so perhaps that would work? Even so, anything would work, as the purpose is to take the risk out of the contract from both sides (if DASH price goes down, we'll have to pay more toward the project, but if DASH prices rise, we'll have to pay less. It'll depend on the DASH market) So in the end, we could perhaps make it so that the payment is in a defined currency. Any currency that they developer wants to use. The contract will still be paid in DASH, but at the equivalent of the currency he wants, as long as there is an exchange for that currency.
I gotta say, I'm surprised that it's taking so long to hit 51%. Maybe we should make a vote-many video tutorial so that Mr. No. 1 can vote. I suspect he hasn't done so yet?? Then again... who knows? LOL