False Promise of One Person, One Vote

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* Article: Grant M. Hayden, The False Promise of One Person, One Vote, 10 Mich. L. Rev. 213 (2003)

Available at: https://scholarlycommons.law.hofstra.edu/faculty_scholarship/562

Toward a Unified Theory of Voting Rights


"Despite this record of success, one of the most important and least controversial aspects of the right to vote - the one person, one vote principle - has never been adequately theorized. Academics, politicians, and the general public have, instead, taken it as an article of democratic faith. We are utterly confident that the one person, one vote principle rests on firm democratic foundations, that it is, in some sense, objective, and that it is a judicially manageable way of parsing out political power. The thesis of this Article is that this confidence is wholly misplaced.

The right to vote now embodies three conceptually distinct types of rights.'