THE RIGHT TO VOTE BLOG
The right to vote should be the foundation of any democracy. After all, how fair can an election be if the incumbent gets to pick the voters? Yet, most Americans do not realize that we have no federal right to vote. While there are amendments to the U.S. Constitution that prohibit discrimination based on race (15th), sex (19th) and age (26th), no affirmative right to vote exists. As seen in Bush v. Gore, this is no quirk of history; this is something that has serious ramifications in today’s elections.
Everyone should have the right to vote in free and fair elections regardless of who they are or where they live. FairVote works to enact policies at the federal, state, and local levels that are consistent with our conviction that voting is not a privilege, but a right. Not only should each vote cast during an election be of equal weight, but every voter living in every state should have the right to see their vote counted.