One Person, One Vote

As defined by the Supreme Court, the constitutional principle of “One Person, One Vote” requires that “as nearly as practicable one man’s vote in a congressional election is to be worth as much as another’s”. As a result, each state creates congressional districts whose population sizes are as equal as possible. Despite this strict compliance within every state, the one-person-one-vote requirement is being egregiously violated nationwide.

Despite the constitutional requirement that electoral districts be equally sized, the congressional districts of many states are at least 20% larger than those of other states. The larger your district, the less significance your vote has. For example, Montana’s congressional district has 400,000 more people than Wyoming’s and, consequently, the weight of a Wyomingite’s vote is 83% greater than that of a Montanan’s! Simply stated, that means it takes 183 voters in Montana to equal 100 voters in Wyoming. Therefore, with respect to political power, a citizen of Montana is worth 54% of a citizen of Wyoming.

As it turns out, those inequitable disparities in district sizes are a direct result of having too few congressional districts. To learn more about this, read section 9 of “Taking Back Our Republic”.

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