Posted by Austin Plier on February 21, 2017
On February 15th, 2017, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-2) re-introduced a bill to amend the U.S. Constitution to explicitly grant all citizens of legal age the right to vote. As of February 21st, the bill had 28 co-sponsors. Rep. Pocan and Representative Keith Ellison (MN-5) have introduced the bill in past legislative sessions, the most recent of which reached a total of 40 co-sponsors by the end of 2016.
Many voters are unaware that while the U.S. Constitution prohibits discrimination at the voting booth based on age, sex, and race, there is no explicit, affirmative right to vote for American citizens. FairVote has long supported establishing a constitutional right to vote as a means to empower voters, and believes that a grassroots movement to establish such an amendment would go a long way in ending the "voting wars" that plague us today.