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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 2017/01/01Dear 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 filed a lawsuit at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, against the Congress aiming to (1) convince the Court that the Electoral College is not only un-American but also unconstitutional, and (2) compel the Congress to enact new laws for presidential election under the principle of "one person one vote, every vote is equal" according to the 14th Amendment. 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

EqualVote America
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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Congress

Support H.R. 53 The CATCH Traffickers Act of 2017

Human Trafficking is the use of threats, violence, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability to force and women, children, into forced labor, or sexual exploitation.  Human Trafficking is one of the biggest offences one can commit against another  human , and It happens in every country around the world, with no show of slowing down. The Coordinated Assistance To Catch Human Traffickers Act of 2017 or the CATCH Traffickers Act of 2017 aims to end just this by direct the Department of Homeland Security to establish and maintain a national database for ongoing human trafficking investigations. This database is to be updated by local, state and federal law enforcement and is to be used as a resource for ongoing human trafficking investigations around the country. The issue of human trafficking moves so fast that a database such as this is needed to unite investigators across local, state, and even international lines.  This bill will not end human trafficking, but it is a beginning to the much needed construction of stronger human trafficking legislation in America. The Bill:  The Problem: Human Trafficking has been an ongoing issue in every community across America, but unfortunately many Americans see it as a problem that doesn't affect the US.  The result of this is a major lacking of policy to combat human trafficking on American soil.  Why I Care? My name is Matthew Carrier I am 15 years old, and I care deeply about the issue of human trafficking simply because I am an older brother of two sisters.  I can not imagine the terror and pain of those being trafficked around the world as well as their family.  Human life is beautiful and should be treasured, not labeled with a price tag. Reading these horrifying facts I find it to be my duty, as a person, to do anything in my power to help end the epidemic of human trafficking.  I do not feel organizations that rescue victims should spend their time advocating for policy, when they should more importantly be rescuing and rehabilitating victims of modern day slavery.  That is why I have chosen the route of lobbying for policy to end modern day slavery.  If you have any questions please reach out: Email- Instagram @clahtrafficking Twitter- @clahtrafficking

Matthew Carrier
1,192 supporters