Pages tagged "Right to vote"


Celebrating Democracy Day on March 23: Curriculum from Rock the Vote and FairVote

Posted on What's New by Loqmane Jamil on March 04, 2011

 Beginning on March 23rd, students across the country will have the chance to learn about something that many of us take for granted - and not enough of us exercise - our right to vote.

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The Right to Vote Blog: The Root Cause of Maryland Voter Registration Failures

Posted on What's New by Right To Vote Blog, Jo Mckeegan on March 04, 2011

What if you thought you had gone through the process of making sure you could vote, but later were denied the chance to do so on Election Day?

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The Constitutional Right To Vote Blog:The Debate over Voter Identification at the Polls: Expanding our Vision

Posted on What's New by Right To Vote Blog on February 14, 2011

The right to vote is at the heart of representative democracy. Upholding that right requires that every eligible voter should have easy access to voting, every vote should be tallied accurately and no ineligible vote should be cast. Both limiting access to voting and allowing fraudulent votes undercut determination of the "consent of the governed."

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The Constitutional Right to Vote Blog: Felon Disenfranchisement in Iowa

Posted on What's New by Right To Vote Blog, Jo Mckeegan on January 20, 2011

Iowa is a poster child for what it means to fail to protect our right to vote in the U.S. Constitution: fundamental democratic rights can then be tossed around like a political football.

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The Constitutional Right to Vote Blog: Bush v. Gore, Ten Years Later

Posted on What's New by Right To Vote Blog, Jo Mckeegan on December 14, 2010

Ten years ago, in December of 2000, the Supreme Court decided Bush v. Gore. The case remains one of the more dividing litmus tests in American politics.

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Election Day: A Reminder about the Urgent Need for a Constitutionally Protected Right to Vote

Posted on What's New by Jo Mckeegan on October 28, 2010

As part a proposal to revamp our current election procedures, we should expand the practice of same-day voter registration (also called Election Day Registration), which is now the law in several states, and the District of Columbia. Same day registration (SDR) allows voters to register the day they cast a ballot.  It has been known to increase voter turnout by as much as 12%.  

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The Constitutional Right to Vote Blog

Posted on What's New by Right To Vote Blog on October 21, 2010

We must elevate the right to vote to the same standing as other fundamental democratic rights, such as freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly. Our vote is our voice. Each day brings new examples of why such protections are needed, which will be frequently chronicled in this blog.

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The Constitutional Right to Vote Blog: Election Day 2010, the DOJ, and the Right to Vote

Posted on What's New by Jo Mckeegan on October 21, 2010

With Election Day just hours away, it is important that voters know of the resources available to them, in the event they witness something go wrong at the polls.  

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Constitutional Right to Vote Blog: The Right to Vote- More Precious than a Bag of Chips

Posted on What's New by Jo Mckeegan on October 20, 2010

Prior to 2007 in Maryland, a person could have been disenfranchised for committing a variety of “infamous crimes” including the misdemeanor titled “unlawful operation of vending machines”.

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The Constitutional Right to Vote Blog: What elections tell us about how we protect the vote

Posted on What's New by Jo Mckeegan on October 20, 2010

Without clear constitutional protections, each individual citizen’s right to have a vote cast properly on Election Day is not constitutionally ensured. Missteps can and should be avoided with proper investment, training and attention to the mechanics of our elections. Voter apathy could be at least partially addressed with better civic education, starting in schools, but continuing into adult life with resources like voter guides. Until voting becomes a specifically enumerated right, we can expect to see concerns continue.

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