Statement of Principle

Elective office is a right which should be shared equally by all qualified citizens, not a prize to be won only by those possessing wealth and social connections. To this end, candidacy for public office should henceforth be treated as a branch of civil service, open to all citizens demonstrating some familiarity with basic principles of history, law and economics. Candidates, like jurors, should be drawn at random from a general list. To achieve this object, Sortition Now seeks to empower citizens so they may change their voting laws by means of the ballot initiative. Without true political equality there can be no real social justice; consequently, our electoral systems must change.

Not every state possesses the ballot initiative but citizens who desire social justice should support this cause wherever it may be pursued. Solidarity is ultimately a matter of self interest. Justice served in one state will promote justice in others.