Press Release: 09/28/2019

Appeal Filed to Demand Equal Representation in the House of Representatives

 

New York City: Demanding equal representation for all Americans in the House of Representatives, Equal Vote America Corp. (EVA) filed a lawsuit on Jan. 11, 2019 against Congress at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (CASE # 1:19-cv-00311) on the ground that the existing apportionment laws are unconstitutional.

On September 3, 2019, Judge Colleen McMahon dismissed the case on the ground of lacking standing even though she sympathizes with Plaintiff that “our House representatives stand for 717,707 of us (New Yorkers) rather than a mere 563,626 Wyomingites.”

On September 23, 2019, we filed an appeal with the United State Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (CASE # 19-3054).

In 1857, the Supreme Court dismissed Dred Scott’s case also citing lack of standing because a black person, free or enslaved, was not a citizen protected by the Constitution. It was unanimously regarded as the worst decision in the court’s history.

With all due respect to the district court, we strongly disagree with its decision to dismiss our case citing lack of standing. Employing legal technicality to perpetuate injustice was wrong in 1857, and must be equally wrong today in the 21st century.

At the fable Animal Farm by George Orwell, “All Animals are Equal, but Some Animals are More Equal than Others.

The district court decision essentially declares that, America, our country, is an Animal Farm where some Americans are more equal than others.

In fact, the so-called “Equal Proportions” method enacted by Congress since 1941 assigned priority value to each state, hence some Americans are literally ranked “higher priority” than other Americans simply based on state residence. This is a blatant betrayal of the founding principle of our country, “All Men Are Created Equal.”

The significant taxed without equal representation in the House has also deprived of 95% electoral votes for over 95% of Americans during presidential elections. Such double-injustice can’t be allowed to stand.

Again, the less populous states have already enjoyed huge advantage in the Senate. Our lawsuit simply seeks to restore the balance demanded by the Great Compromise among our Founding Fathers.

Fellow Americans from 40 states have joined  this lawsuit by completing the Online Affidavit. Come join us, together, let’s honor our Founding Fathers, uphold our country’s founding principle and defend the Constitution.

For more information, please visit http://equalvoteamerica.org/

Previous Press Releases:

2019/01/11; 2019/02/18; 2019/03/26; 2019/04/11; 2019/04/26

****** The History ******

At the Constitutional Convention 1787, James Madison proposed the Virginia Plan in which the population would elect the members of the lower house, which in turn would elect the members in the upper house. William Patterson countered with the New Jersey Plan, which called for equal representation of each state in a unicameral legislature. The convention almost fell apart until the founding fathers reached the Great Compromise — literally the founding agreement for the Union — to establish a bicameral legislature where the populace was represented in the House of Representatives, and the states were represented at the Senate. Hence, the Constitution provides:

In 1792 Washington, advised by Jefferson, exercised the very first presidential veto over the first apportionment bill precisely because these two founding fathers felt the bill failed to comply with the aforementioned founding agreement.

****** The Current Situation ******

However, the current apportionment laws since 1929 have caused significant unequal representation in the House of Representatives. Based on the 2010 Census Data, for example:

CA, TX, NY and FL have been deprived of at least 13, 9, 7 and 6 house seats, respectively. In fact, residents of 39 states (over 95% of national population) have been under-represented by at least 110 house seats in total. Click MyState to see how many house seats your state has been deprived of. Click here for State-by-State Unequal Representation.

***** Congress Has Violated … ******

Therefore, Congress has collectively dishonored the founding agreement reached by the founding fathers, and violated Article I, § 2 & the 14th Amendment § 2. Furthermore, the significant under-representation in the House of Representatives has violated over 95% of Americans’ constitutional rights with respect to …

It must be also noted that the Founding Agreement reached by our Founding Fathers has two sides, the House and the Senate. If the blatant breach on the Equal Representation in the House is not rectified, then the two-seat for every state at the Senate shall be declared illegitimate and no longer constitutional. Were our Founding Fathers alive today, they would have been outraged, and Washington and Jefferson would certainly have vetoed the Reapportionment Act of 1929 as they did in 1792.

***** Why We Filed This Lawsuit ******

In the fable Animal Farm by George Orwell, “All Animals are Equal, but Some Animals are More Equal than Others.

As proud Americans, we believe America is not such Animal Farm, and all Americans shall be equally represented in the House regardless of state residence according to our Founding Fathers’ Founding Agreement and the Constitution.

Our lawsuit has become a grass-root movement as more and more ordinary citizens from 13 states (AZ, CA, FL, IA, KY, MA, MO, NY, NJ, OR, TN, TX, and VA) have signed up to be co-plaintiffs  in our lawsuit demanding Congress to pass new apportionment laws to ensure Equal Representation for all Americans of all 50 states. Fellow Americans, please …

***** The Remedy Sought ******

The redress that Plaintiff is seeking is simply for the Court to make a declaratory judgment – as the Supreme Court clearly did in Wesberry v. Sanders (1964) – such as follows:
The Apportionment Acts of 1911, 1929 and 1941 are unconstitutional with respect to the Great Compromise, Article I, § 1 & 2, Article IV, § 2, the First Amendment, the Fifth Amendment and the Fourteenth Amendment. Every American’s rights to equal representation in the House and equal vote in any election shall not be denied, diluted, debased, diminished, demeaned, disadvantaged, or manipulated in any way by any means on any account.

**** FQAs ******

What is the Great Compromise?

According to the Great Compromise, the Constitution Provides:

Do You Know the Original First Amendment?

Do You Know the First Presidential Veto?

What are the existing apportionment laws?

The Triple-Injustice for over 95% of Americans:​