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Petition to Equal Vote America

Lawsuit Filed to Abolish the Electoral College and Demand Equal Vote for All Americans

Equal Vote for All Americans 2017/06/16Dear Fellow Americans, Our country, United States of America, was founded in the fundamental ideal enshrined in the Declaration of Independence: “Every Man Created Equal” with unalienable Rights for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. To achieve this ideal, unprecedented at the time, our founding father established the core principle of constitutional democracy, declared in the Preamble to the Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” President Lincoln later reaffirmed this core democratic principle in his Gettysburg address, “government of the people, by the people, for the people”. However, miscarriage of democracy, i.e. the will of a clear majority voters being overturn, has taken place twice in five presidential elections since 2000. In another word, in our country, the most powerful democracy in the world, there has been as high as 40% of chances in the 21st century that the loser of popular votes won the presidency, the most powerful office in the world. Such undemocratic and outrageous injustice has been the direct result of the Electoral College system. The Right to Vote is the quintessence of being a free person with unalienable rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. However, under the Electoral College system, each vote is NOT counted equally from one state to the next. According to the latest Census Data 2013, Wyoming has the least population of 582,658 with 3 electoral votes allocated, while New York, our home state, has a population of 19,651,127 with 29 electoral votes allocated. This means, it takes Wyoming only 194,219 persons to have one electoral vote, whilst it takes New York 677,625 persons to have one electoral vote. In another word, being a person in New York is worth only 28.7% of a person in Wyoming in terms of the electoral vote allocated. Such inequality gets worse for residents in the top two states, 27.9% for both California and Texas. The Electoral College originated from the infamous “three-fifths” compromise within the 1787 Constitution which counted the population of slaves as three-fifths when appointing representatives and electors while granting no right to vote. If we rank all fifty states and the District of Columbia by population, then a resident of the top 44 states (98% of national population) would be worth less than 60% of a resident in Wyoming. In another word, in today’s America, a huge majority 98% of population are counted even less than the slaves in 1787, 230 years ago! Therefore, the Electoral College is not only in gross contradiction of our country’s founding ideal of “all men created equal”, but also in stark violation of the Equal Protection clause in the 14th Amendment that essentially guarantees the basic democratic principle of “One Person One Vote, and Every Vote Counted Equally.” From Mayors to House Representatives, from Senators to Governors, all these offices are elected by direct popular votes which reflects the democratic principle and basic fairness of “one person one vote, every vote equal”. The presidency is responsible for and accountable to all people in this country, rather than the states or electors. Hence, the Electoral College not only distorts the will of people, but also violates the accountability to constituents. At the beginning of our country, only white male owners of property had the right to vote, slaves were counted only three-fifths of a person, women could not vote, young people were drafted to fight for the country but could not vote, and after the Civil War the Jim Crow laws deliberately discriminated against minority people and deprived their right to vote. It took courage and action to overcome all of these injustices. Therefore, on December 14th, 2016, we sought to repeal the slavery-era Electoral College by commencing a legal action against the top four congressional leaders, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, and Charles Schumer, who have failed to fulfill their constitutional duty and obligation to make laws to protect our Equal Protection voting rights guaranteed by the 14th Amendment. During the preliminary conference held on March 17th, the Judge ordered the oral argument hearing to be held on Friday June 30th, at 12pm. Court Date & Time:    Friday, June 30, 2017, 12pm U.S. District Court:     500 Pearl Street, Room 20B, Manhattan, New York Public Attendance:    First Come First Sit Please help spread the word, and join this fight for our country’s founding ideal, core democratic principle, basic fairness and social justice to repeal the Electoral College, and achieve this fundamental right, “Equal Vote” for all Americans regardless of state of residency. Please visit us at http://equalvoteamerica.org/ See you all on June 30th 2017!

EqualVote America
77 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Admin , Governor Rick Scott

Allow Florida Counties the option to have more than 1 school district per county

The Florida Constitution currently limits the number of local school districts to one per county. In many counties, that is just not enough. This creates such a large governmental body, as to lose accountability. It is nearly impossible to digest the multi-billion dollar budgets without a team of CPA's working on it for a year. It has been observed that smaller districts, with more public input, cost less per student, perform better, and have higher performing students. Also, having more than one district in a county sparks competition between the different districts, which enhances education opportunities, while keeping costs lower. Cost savings is realized through less governmental waste and overspending. Also busing would be reduced, which would save a lot of money, and shorten the time kids are on buses from hours, to minutes. I have personally attended meetings of the Greater Florida Consortium of School Boards. This organization is like the UN of Florida school boards. They pass non-binding resolutions which serve no purpose other than to stroke the egos of the members, and train board members to be big government minded. They actually aspire to, and compete to, be the biggest district in the consortium. The bigger the government, the better with these folks. Fiscal responsibility, and quality education are secondary concerns, at best, if at all. Currently, Article IX SECTION 4. School districts; school boards.—(a) Each county shall constitute a school district; provided, two or more contiguous counties, upon vote of the electors of each county pursuant to law, may be combined into one school district. In each school district there shall be a school board composed of five or more members chosen by vote of the electors in a nonpartisan election for appropriately staggered terms of four years, as provided by law. What this amendment would do: Allow the county electorate, in a countywide ballot initiative, to vote to divide their current district into 2 or more districts. What this amendment would NOT do: Divide districts, against the will of the electorate.

Robert Valenta
12 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, United States Supreme Court

Executive Orders Must Be Reviewed By The Supreme Court Before Enactment

In order to protect and safeguard the United States Constitution and its existing laws all executive orders must be passed through the Supreme Court before becoming effective. If the President of the United States is given the power of a dictator through executive orders it undermines this nation. It threatens the safety and security of all its citizens, neighbors, allies, and immigrants. The President's executive orders must undergo checks and balances just as any other law or bill. And by sending any executive order to the United States Supreme Court to be deemed lawful by the United States Constitution, then and only then may an executive order be enacted. The United States is not a Dictatorship, and no one part of the government should ever be allowed to institute law or regulation through executive order without obtaining the approval of the United States Supreme Court. Executive orders take effect thirty days after being published in the Federal Register. Executive orders bypass our lawmaking process. Executive orders are not allowed to conduct illegal activity and must not violate any part of the Constitution. Some may think that it would make sense to allow executive orders to pass by unchecked during times of war, but even during times of war the Presidents have violated the Constitution of the United States of America. These violations to OUR Constitution should not be allowed, even for the briefest of moments.All executives orders need to be reviewed, within the thirty days after being published, by the United States Supreme Court in order to be deemed lawful and to ensure that the order abides by The Constitution of The United States of America. If the executive order is deemed unlawful and/or violates the Constitution then it must be removed from the Federal Register, and the President has the option to revise or toss the order. Editing by, #ResistanceKittens via Twitter

Patrick Von Mende
46 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Thomas Massie, Rand Paul, U.S. Senate, President of the United States

Pass a Real 2nd Amendment Restoration Act

Proposed ~ A Bill: IN RECOGNITION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE 2nd AMENDMENT, AND IN UTILIZING THE SUPREMACY CLAUSE AND RECOGNIZING THAT CERTAIN LAWS ARE AN OBSTACLE TO THE ACCOMPLISHMENT AND EXECUTION OF THE FULL PURPOSES AND OBJECTIVES OF CONGRESS, (1) All federal, state, regional, and local laws which in any way infringe upon the right to keep and bear arms, including, but not limited to, any laws which would require any (individually or in combination) marking, recordkeeping, serialization or registration of firearms or ammunition, are hereby deemed null and void by Congress, as they are an obstacle to the people's ability to exercise the 2nd Amendment right, and are an obstacle to the full purposes and objectives of Congress. (2) Any federal, state, regional, and local laws which would require any (individually or in combination) marking, recordkeeping, serialization or registration of any firearm parts, or of any objects which would later be made part of a firearm (whether or not the object would ultimately become a regulated part of a firearm), are also deemed to be null and void, as they are an obstacle to the people's ability to exercise the 2nd Amendment right, and are an obstacle to the full purposes and objectives of Congress. No further laws of the type in (1) and (2) shall be able to have any effect. CAVEATS, EXCEPTIONS: a) UNITED STATES MUNITIONS LIST (USML):  Federal government may control by permit, and limit the use of, USML CATEGORY II, IV, V, VI, VIII, XIV, XV, and XVI items that are weapons, except for technical data or weapons and items routinely or commonly available in the civilian market. b) PROHIBITED PERSONS:  It is unlawful for the following categories of persons to ship, transport, receive, or possess firearms or ammunition, to include any person: - convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, unless that crime was due to enforcement of a gun law of a State or a political subdivision of a state;- who is a fugitive from justice;- who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act, codified at 21 U.S.C. § 802);- who has been adjudicated as a mental defective, due to the decision of a court, or has been committed to any mental institution, and due to the decision of a court, has been deemed unable to ship, transport, receive, or possess firearms or ammunition;- who is an illegal alien;- who has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions, except that all such persons must have be given the right of appeal in a district court to address the issue of firearms and ammunition possession and use;- who has renounced his or her United States citizenship;- who is subject to a court order restraining the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of the intimate partner Laws of a State or laws of a political subdivisions of a state that establish or attempt to expand upon these prohibited persons categories, shall have no force or effect. c) CAVEAT REGARDING EVIDENTIARY NEEDS OF POLICE, CUSTODY, AND IMPRISONMENT: Any persons who are taken into custody or who are about to be incarcerated can be relieved of arms by police, provided however that the affected individuals may petition the courts for relief and restoration of rights. This is not intended to limit the rights of persons bearing arms, concealed or otherwise, in circumstances where involvement in an incident would require that a person involved in a self-defense scenario (who had, following the incident, retreated to a safe location and notified a lawyer) notify police of the circumstances of what had transpired, but it would allow the police to request temporary custody of a weapon that was used in such an incident for evidence and documentation. IMPOSTS, DUTIES.Notwithstanding the preceding, any laws of a State or laws of political subdivisions of a State that impose a tax on conduct or possession of firearms or ammunition shall have no force or effect.  Consistent with Article I, Section 10, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution, no state shall "without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress."

Repeal Unconstitutional Laws
6 supporters