Local Revolutions — a grassroots organization working toward more accurate representation in politics

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The Fourteenth Amendment: No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.

The Local Revolutions grassroots organization wants to get what is legally ours: Political Freedom as given to us in the United States Constitution.

We are not given our political freedom at every level. That is because the Founding Fathers wrote an intricate document with both some real voter freedom and some restricted voter freedom in the US Constitution. Important for us is that the Founding Fathers did not allow State governments to keep the best voting system away from us at the local level — and yet the State Powers That Be did. Our local elections should be based squarely on the voting system that Thomas Jefferson already devised: Proportional Voting.

The State is involved in governmental overreach and cities and counties should listen to the US Constitution first because local governments are not allowed to segregate us in districts for local elections. We should have Full Representation at the local level, and our elections cannot contain a game that turns voters into winners & losers. We should all be represented.

Come join the Local Revolutions grassroots organization and have our representatives represent all voters at our city councils and our county boards.

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The State government is overstepping its powers and taking some of our Constitutional powers away from us. It is not allowed to do that, but as long as we are letting them, they can get away with it.

By Invoking the US Constitution, city and county officials are made aware that they are overstepping their power. They are put on notice that they should give us the real voting system that empowers all voters in an equal manner.

Some say that proportional voting is not always a good system, and yet that may be true only for the Federal (or national) level. At the local level with our local issues, proportional voting sticks out head and shoulders above the other voting systems such as district voting and at-large voting.

With proportional voting, all voters are represented at the table; not just the majority of voters.

This image represents our two-party system. Now roll your mouse over the image, and see what happens.

In the original red&blue image, yellow was taken out and this did not change our ability to understand the entire picture at all. Yet the lack of that third primary color is truly important for many segments of the picture. The color green, for instance, would not be recognized as the most abundant color in the image. Only when rolling over the image and putting yellow back in do we see that green is indeed the most abundant color. Equally, the lack of a third viable party in our system is tremendously important to the outcome — not for all, but definitively for some. The needs of an underserved class in our society, for instance, find no expression in our system of representation, or they are only partially expressed in an unrefined way. It has often been said, during the eternal debate on our health care system, that when the middle class gets hurt by the current system, the current system will get fixed, for the middle class. The system is not set up to deliver good health care for all. Green cannot declare that it is the most important color in the actual big picture.

Here's why we are not getting a full-colored outcome:

Image shows that in a district system the minimum guarantee for voters is 50,01%, where voters in proportional elections of a council of just two seats are already guaranteed that 66,67% of their votes pick the two candidates.

Our system is shown to the left. Basically, there are two democratic voting systems: our system of picking one candidate collectively per district, and the other system of individuals picking all candidates in one overall election and cutting up the single pie of seats based on that outcome of individual choices.

These two systems are different already when there are just two seats in total. The visual shows two separate races in two districts to the left, while to the right a single overall race is shown in which two seats are decided through proportional voting.

In green, the minimum number of voters that picked the winner, in white the maximum amount of voters going home empty-handed, not empowered by their choice.

In district elections, a candidate can win a seat already when the voters collectively deliver this person just one more vote than the runner-up. Whether there are two districts or two hundred doesn't matter: Each district guarantees — with this minimum being 50.01 percent— that a single majority receives its representation.

In proportional elections no restricting or discriminating forces are at work. Unlike winner-take-all, the two seats are not voted for in separate districts, but are voted for at the same time within a single overall election.

Our voting system today is based on what is much like our flipping a coin with 50% plus one vote getting the win. It means we'll get red or blue, but not any other color. Contrast this with proportional voting which is more like rolling a die. All voters roll their number from between one and six and all these outcomes form the end result. More colors will show up in the outcome.

With yellow brought back in, the birds in the image are shown full-color.


Let's take a look at San Francisco as a good US example.

In San Francisco with eleven Board members, proportional elections guarantees a 91,67% of the voters getting their choice on the board.

Voters are guaranteed that their political wishes are expressed in the results in San Francisco at 50.01% per district. The eleven seats are shown to the left, elected in eleven separate but collective districts. To the right, proportional voting is shown with the same eleven seats on the Board of Supervisors, but here the individual voter counts. Notice the green of minimum voter empowerment and the white of maximum non-empowerment of voters. The minimum number of voters guaranteed to get their pick when there are eleven seats is 91.67% for proportional voting. More than 9 out of 10 voters can point their finger after the election to the person they voted for on their city council or board; the individual vote really counts in proportional voting.

Look at the image below, showing the proportional election result of a municipality in the Netherlands, chosen because it also has eleven seats. Notice how there is nothing unnatural about the outcome. This is how a natural local democracy with eleven seats looks like. We do not vote for parties at the local level (which is perfect), yet this example shows how 11 seats should have greater diversity than what is in place now in San Francisco: 11 registered Democrats.

Let's explain the specifics of the shown results. The 2010 election results are shown next to the 2006 results, and the party first shown is a local party that exists in this municipality only; it got four seats in 2010, one more than in 2006; the number shown at the bottom line. The line directly above shows the percentages of voters, while the colored bars also show the percentages of voters per party. The other three parties receiving seats in this proportional example from the Netherlands are parties known from the national level.

Two election results shown next to each other, 2010 and 2006, for the municipality of Schermer in the Netherlands.

Where in 2022 San Francisco has 11 registered Democrats in its eleven seats, the Dutch example shows the more natural outcome. Having all seats be occupied by people from one and the same party is unnatural. It may surprise folks, but in 2004 one in six San Franciscans voted for President Bush. Nowhere is that Republican minority visible on the board. The San Francisco Machine controls the local outcome. In many American cities, either the Democratic or the Republican Machine may fully control the outcome, superficially delivering us what we want, while firmly controlling all seats.

Come join the Local Revolutions grassroots organization to make our democracy be the real deal. We should not have any restrictions in place at least for one of the levels we vote for our representatives. The Federal level will remain as is, simply because the US Constitution has put certain rules and regulations in place. Two Senators per State, for instance, will not get changed. The State should have the better voting system in place, but they are also given freedoms (loopholes) to not implement that. Cities and counties are not given any US Constitutional powers.

We are given US Constitutional Powers. The United States is quite unique in that respect. We the People has actual meaning in a legal sense, and the government cannot simply waltz in and disparage our rights.

The struggle is not new:

"Two very different ideas are usually confounded under the name democracy. The pure idea of democracy, according to its definition, is the government of the whole people by the whole people, equally represented. Democracy as commonly conceived and hitherto practiced is the government of the whole people by a mere majority of the people, exclusively represented. The former is synonymous with the equality of all citizens; the latter, strangely confounded with it, is a government of privilege, in favor of the numerical majority, who alone possess practically any voice in the State. This is the inevitable consequence of the manner in which the votes are now taken, to the complete disfranchisement of minorities."

—John Stuart Mill, Representative Government, 1861


Freedom of choice is what makes politicians listen much better to the voters. Competition makes politicians more honest. Proportional voting diminishes the importance of special interests, because the voters' interests is what counts. Many voters from around the world can vote based on their individual wishes and beliefs; we vote in a district as a collective. While we may not like the outcomes of the Federal level, the worst reality is found at the local level where we find a single party in full control in many places; they don't have to listen all that carefully to the voters. As soon as our local elections are established on voter equality, the Federal level will see more competition -automatically- as well. Call it trickle up.

A system of proportional representation was already devised by Thomas Jefferson in 1792. The name is based on portion, meaning that the same portion as found with the voting population is then expressed on the council. In an example, when 40% of the voters want and indeed vote for representatives that are promoting better education, then 40% of the council seats go to these representatives. What the voters want, that is what the voters get.


In district elections only one becomes the representative and forty percent on average of the voters are left empty handed.                            The political pie is cut up according to the outcome of the votes, not winner takes all.

The image to the left shows an example of the system we use to select our representatives. Notice how yellow never wins in any of the outcomes. While the system may be strong in some respects and delivers stability at the Federal level, the local level suffers from this restriction. Even at the Federal level, it delivers tell-tale shortfalls in areas that politicians in other nations have no problems finding solutions for. They have the system of full representation to the right. We therefore invite you to join us in making our politicians work for all of us again in what is sometimes the worst spot: the local level. It is the level where the least of us show up to vote. That is something to think about. We have the lowest voter turnout at the local levels in the entire democratic world.
Help us make voting great again at the local level. With proportional voting more people will show up to vote because hardly anyone goes home empty-handed.

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Join our Local Revolutions Class Action Lawsuit.

Joining our Local Revolutions Class Action Lawsuit is as simple as emailing us and putting your city or county in the header. That's it. Email us.

Find the Local Revolutions Cities and counties for which we are preparing Class Action Lawsuits right now. See List of Cities and Counties.

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Local Revolutions is a grassroots organization that with your help works toward more accurate representation on our local city councils and county boards.

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