Expert Forum for the House Judiciary Committee

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  • Melani  Cammett
    Posted December 27, 2019
    Although one person, one vote is a feature of democracy and is guaranteed by more than half the countries around the world, it is not guaranteed in the U.S. In fact when the Supreme Court explained a ruling, which decided the election of President George W. Bush in Bush’s favor, the Supreme Court explained that one person one vote is not guaranteed in this country. During a presidential election, in most states the party that wins the most electoral votes in a state takes all the state’s electoral votes (there is roughly one electoral vote per 700,000 citizens.) Thus when a voter knows their district usually goes to her candidate’s opposition, she has less of an incentive to vote. That is the main reason only 47% of American citizens voted in 2000 putting the U.S. behind every major democracy on earth! To deal with this problem Jamin Raskin says we need to move to direct national majority rule, which would mean every person's vote has equal value. The way to do that is to write "one person, one vote" into the Constitution. This will have the added benefit of forcing the federal government to fix tolling booths so votes are counted fairly.
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  • admin
    Posted December 13, 2019
    The Rules Committee meeting on this bill will broadcast Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 11:00 AM ET here: https://rules.house.gov/). The vote on the House floor is yet to be scheduled.

    Bill text: https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hres755/BILLS-116hres755ih.pdf

    Please vote for this bill and post amendments within 24 hours of this notice.
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