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The First Free State in 150 years, The Time Has Come For 51

Twenty-one Northern California Counties have 9 state level representatives while the southern 38 counties have 111 state representatives. The Jefferson Declaration Committee has 21 Declarations and Petitions to withdraw from the state of California signed by County Boards of Supervisors. We have active committees in a total of 23 counties. This is a grass roots movement. We have no party backing, nor do we wish any. This ...more »

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Bring actual democracy to the U.S.A.

California and the United States are Republics, not true democratic states, due to vote count distortions like first past the post and gerrymandered districts, which all mathematically decay into single party +1 states of unequal representation. Well known voting methods that require only trivial ballot changes, studied by institutions like The Center For Election Science, can mitigate the effects and unearned power ...more »

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Category: 2015 Fix California Challenge

Save Uber

The sharing economy - Uber - is based on free human actions. A wonderful market driven by individuals without institutional interference. These human actions - your human actions - are the basis for economic freedom. They also threaten established institutions that seek to control your actions. Governments, corporations and unions all profit when you give up your economic liberty. Uber allows humans to communicate ...more »

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Two Californias

The Great Compromise, which gave the small states disproportionate representation in the Senate, was as unfair to the large states and big cites as slavery was to black people and lack of voting rights was to women. When the largest state has 66 times the population of the smallest state (whereas it had only about 7 times the population at the time of the original Constitutional Convention) it becomes a real problem. ...more »

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Category: 2015 Fix California Challenge

Ferret Legalization Ballot Initiative

California ferret owners know the onerous cost of an out of touch, power hungry bureaucracy that won't listen to its citizens. Ferrets are legal in 48 states without any problems, but here they're listed as a potential invasive species

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Text My Rep

A downloadable app that, based on your zip code, contains all the local, state and federal officials who represent you and enables you to email and text your questions, comments, issues..to as many or as few of your reps at once by just clicking on them. No more trying to identify your reps; no more writing the same message to multiple reps via their individual websites.

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Proportional representation/multi member electorates

California is becoming a melting pot of communities. Whites, blacks, Mexicans and other Latinos, Philippinos ,Chinese ,Indians,Arabs etc. multi member constituencies or proportional representation will improve the chances of minority representation . Especially in cities and counties. If you study various cities you will notice even 10-15 percent minority's won't get any representation. This negates the principles of ...more »

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Category: 2015 Fix California Challenge

Neighborhood Legislature Reform Act

An act, to be submitted for approved in the 2016 Ballot, to increase the ratio of representation in California by limiting the number of citizens each elected legislator may represent to 5000 (per State Senator) and 10,000 (per State Assembly member). There will be 3 beneficial results. First, elections will be conducted locally, door-to-door and on social media, without massive TV, radio and billboard campaigns. The ...more »

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Elect the legislature using proportional representation (PR).

Proportional representation (PR) is used by most Western democracies to elect at least one house of their national legislature. Such countries tend to have higher voter turnout, a higher percentage of women in the legislature, and a more politically engaged populace than countries that do not use PR. We (Californians for Electoral Reform) believe that the same results would occur if California elected at least one house ...more »

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Northern and Southern House

We currently have some of the worst representation in the democratic world. Our elected officials represent over 900,000 citizens and serve special interest groups. This problem is further exacerbated by self serving San Francisco special interest groups. We propose creating a Northern and Southern legislative bodies. Each house would have 100 members. The Northern house would represent northern citizens and the ...more »

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Four Californias

Four Californians allows counties that border Nevada, Arizona and Oregon to determine which state they wish to affiliate. The idea is simple. The counties that border neighboring states have the right vote to succeed from California and join that state. Once the Neighboring state agrees to accept them, we will redraw the borders to reflect the new state boundaries. California needs a refresh. Our public schools ...more »

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Multi-Party Competition for California

We have simulated and mapped electoral outcomes under a simple form of proportional representation: 16 five-seat districts for the 80-seat California Assembly. In addition to eliminating the institutional advantage that the largest party receives under the current system, our simulation suggests that proportional representation would diversify the composition of both major parties, and provide some opportunities for minor ...more »

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