About Equal Citizens
Our democracy is broken. On every issue that matters, our leaders are unwilling — or unable — to take meaningful action. Time and again, we can see that what voters want does not matter.
As a result, most of America has turned away from politics. The biggest political party in America today is “none of the above.” And who could blame them?
The system is rigged to favor the powerful and well-connected. It ignores the voices of ordinary citizens. Our representative democracy has become so corrupted by this fundamental inequality, the only voices that our government listens to are the special interests who fund their campaigns, and the most partisan groups and individuals. The result is the governmental dysfunction we see today.
Every issue — from climate change to gun safety, from Wall Street reform to defense spending — is tied to this core inequality. The solution is to fix our government so all citizens are represented equally.
Equal Citizens has one simple but incredibly important mission: to fix democracy by establishing truly equal citizenship. Once we, as a nation, have done that, we may then take on all the other challenges facing us.
The good news is, since Congress created this problem, Congress can fix this problem. The legislation to do so has already been written. Now it’s simply a matter of making sure Congress hears our voices and acts to make us truly equal citizens.
Our vision of the reforms we need to fix our democracy:
- All citizens deserve equal representation in Presidential elections. Reform our Electoral College system through Equal Votes, to create a more fair Presidential election that counts all votes equally.
All citizens deserve equal representation in Congress. Give each voter as close to equal political influence as possible by redrawing districts and restructuring our presidential election systems.
Pass a bill like FairVote’s “Ranked Choice Voting Act” to end political gerrymandering and create multi-member districts with ranked-choice voting for Congress.
CITIZEN FUNDED ELECTIONS
All citizens deserve an equal ability to choose our leaders. End pay-to-play politics by changing the way we fund campaigns, using the best of Rep. Sarbanes’ Government by the People Act, and Represent.US’s “American Anti-Corruption Act.” Specifically:
- Give every voter a voucher to contribute to congressional and presidential campaigns.
- Provide matching funds for small-dollar contributions to congressional and presidential campaigns.
- Add effective restrictions on the revolving door between government service and work as a lobbyist.
In a Democracy, All Votes Should Count Equally
In our democracy, when voting for the President, they do not
Lawrence Lessig and others have made the case that the "winner-take-all" process of choosing electors violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. See how Lessig lays out this argument and explores what a successful legal challenge to the Electoral College might look like.
Equal Citizens is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to reforms that will achieve citizen equality. We manage campaigns, both legal and political, that will end the corruption of our representative democracy by restoring the core promise of equality.