David, thanks so much for taking a few minutes to respond here. I really appreciate it.
I definitely agree that the system’s fragility for abuse is the weakest aspect of the idea.

What I find limiting about our current “signaling” mechanisms is that they only demonstrate a very isolated snapshot of intent. What intrigues me about biological systems, in contrast, is that the “personal vote” is the result of a kind of “bargaining” and “negotiating” with other nodes.

I do agree that trying to prototype this approach a local election level would be highly instructive and informative. Thanks again for the feedback.