Pages tagged "Right to vote amendment"


What if the Right to Vote Started at Birth?

Posted on What's New by Nate Crippes on June 16, 2011

Journalist Jonathan Bernstein has raised an interesting question: at what age should we be allowed to begin voting? More specifically, should citizens be given the right to vote at birth, with our parents voting for us before we're capable (Bernstein suggests the ripe old age of 15 for voting on one's own)? It's certainly an interesting theory. FairVote is not endorsing such a position, but we do think it would be interesting to look at both sides of the issue, grounded in the fact that if we treat voting as a right, we should only limit rights for very good reasons.

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The Right to Vote Blog: Put more money into politics?

Posted on What's New by Right To Vote Blog, Jo Mckeegan on May 31, 2011

“Let’s put more money into politics!” is a rallying cry that won’t win over too many supporters.

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RTV: Money doesn't grow on trees

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

Recently, several states have backed policies that likely will disenfranchise large numbers of their citizens in the name of reducing the deficit and becoming more efficient; policies involving filling vacancies, and maintaining  voter rolls.

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Voting: A Right, A Privilege, or A Responsibility?

Posted on What's New by Right To Vote Blog, Dean Searcy on April 19, 2011

When Americans talk about their democracy, they typically emphasize the importance of the right to vote. But the fact is that, unlike other democratic rights protected in the First Amendment, voting rights do not have clear constitutional protections. State legislatures have the right to appoint electors in presidential races without holding elections, for example, and states can enact a variety of policies that directly or indirectly infringe on suffrage rights. While strengthening voting rights in the Constitution would seem like a logical step, there's a potential political barrier: confusion about the meaning of "right." 

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The Right to Vote: The case of the people of our nation's capital

Posted on What's New by Right To Vote Blog, Jo Mckeegan on April 14, 2011

Although the District has a delegate in the U.S. House (Eleanor Holmes Norton) who can propose legislation and serve on committee, she does not have voting rights in Congress. The District lacks even a delegate in the U.S. Senate, even though Congress can veto any bill passed by the District and often considers “riders’ on bills that would change laws governing the residents of the District – a classic case of “taxation without representation.”

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The Constitutional Right to Vote Blog: Assumptions

Posted on What's New by Right To Vote Blog, Jo Mckeegan on March 21, 2011

  You’ve heard the assumptions: Young people vote Democratic. So do unmarried women, African Americans, city-dwellers and people with felony convictions. Church-goers vote Republican, as do rich people, small business owners and soldiers.  If you somehow fit into categories from each group, who knows, you may be a Libertarian or Green.  

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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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