The Estates General had been composed of representatives from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd estates. Because the 3rd estate represented the majority of the citizens, they were granted double representation. But they were informed that voting would be done by estate, not by head, so their double representation meant nothing. They refused to meet with the Estates General, and met on their own. Soon the other estates joined and they began to call themselves the National Assembly. Eventually they were joined by some nobility, majority of the clergy, and many other citizens. They began to call themselves the National Assembly. This supports the Declaration because the representatives had to be elected into power, and the decisions were made by a group of people, not just a monarch.