EqualVotes.US: Where we are, where we’re going
Lawrence Lessig @ Medium Oct 21, 2017
Almost a year ago, a bunch of us began talking about how to fix an increasingly dangerous flaw in the mechanics of our Republic — the Electoral College. We had just witnessed the second in the last three Presidents get elected without winning the popular vote. It was quickly becoming apparent that this was not a once-in-a-century problem, but an increasingly likely part of our democratic future.
Anyone who knows my work knows that I’ve been waging the fight for a better Republic for a long time now. Throughout that fight, I’ve looked for the root. For most of that time, I thought the root was the corrupting influence of money in politics. But in the last two years, I’ve become convinced that money is just one example of a more fundamental flaw — a Republic in which citizens are not equal.
We can see that inequality in many places—in the way campaigns raise money, in the way gerrymandering renders irrelevant Republicans in safe Democratic seats, or Democrats in safe Republican seats, and in the way votes get suppressed. But until the election in 2016, I had missed perhaps the most obvious example — the way the electoral college makes our votes unequal.
Lawrence Lessig & Richard Painter @ USA Today: Let’s fix Electoral College. It’ll be easy compared to gerrymandering
Let's fix Electoral College. It'll be easy compared to gerrymandering Lawrence Lessig & Richard Painter @ USA Today Oct 13, 2017 In each state, in a clear denial of proportionality, millions of votes for president don't count. This concept needs urgent legal...read more
The Road To The Supreme Court Jason Harrow @ Medium Oct 5, 2017 The ultimate goal of the Equal Votes project is to have the U.S. Supreme Court find that the winner-take-all method of allocating electoral college votes violates the core “one person, one vote” principle...read more
Why Equal Votes And The National Popular Vote Work Well Together Jason Harrow @ Medium Sep 29, 2017 On September 22, Equal Citizens founder Lawrence Lessig went on Reddit “Ask Me Anything” to answer questions about our Equal Votes project. He received several...read more
Why Courts, Part 2: Courts Are Good At Analyzing Equality Jason Harrow @ Medium Sep 26, 2017 In my prior post, I explained why it’s helpful that, after we file our legal complaint, a court has to take up our case and tell us whether we win or lose. But that raises the...read more
Ask Me Anything about Reforming the Electoral College and Equal VotesLawrence Lessig @ Reddit AMA Sep 22, 2017 "I’m Lessig of Harvard Law School, here to answer questions about the case EqualVotes.US want to bring to reform the Electoral College. AMA!" More Commentary...read more
Why Courts, Part 1: The Court Has To Give Us An Answer Jason Harrow @ Medium Sep 19, 2017 Equal Votes is the first public campaign that has attempted to change the way the electoral college functions through multiple coordinated lawsuits. The stakes are huge: two out...read more
"Selective Constitutionalism" Lawrence Lessig @ Medium Sep 16, 2017 Last week, we launched a campaign to raise the funds we need to bring an Equal Protection challenge to the winner-take-all system for allocating electoral college votes. Tons were really excited about...read more
Removing the Least Democratic Part of America’s Elections Lawrence Lessig @ IVN.US Sep 15, 2017 Voting in America is not easy. You first have to register. You have to find your polling place. In most states, you have to take time before, during, or after work to get...read more
The Equal Protection Challenge to Winner Take All: A Legal Guide Lawrence Lessig @ Medium Sep 14, 2017 Today, the non-profit that I founded, EqualCitizens.US, announced it would crowdfund support for two lawsuits to challenge the way votes are allocated in the...read more