Pages tagged "Right to vote amendment"

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

Posted on What's New 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 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 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 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 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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Being Pro-Voter is Not Partisan: 2010 Results Underscore how Republicans should not Fear Same-Day Voter Registration

Posted on What's New on October 20, 2010

Upholding fair voter access and protecting voting rights should not be a partisan issue. In our decentralized system, however, some states do a better job at protecting these rights than others. Take for instance, the issue of Same Day Voter Registration (SDR); a sensible reform when implemented well which all too often has been inaccurately thought to advantage one major party (Democrats) at the expense of another (Republicans).

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Virginia Governor takes action to improve voting rights

Posted on What's New Jo Mckeegan on September 28, 2010

 The process of removing the right to vote from a person convicted of a crime was invented by the Romans and dubbed “civil death”. It is a process that several states in America still implement today, grounded in the disturbing fact that the U.S. Constitution does not provide a citizenship right to vote. In most states, a person who has completed serving a felony conviction is allowed to register to vote. Other states restrict this right, and in a few remaining states like Virginia, this punishment is a lifelong ban unless a waiver is granted by the governor. Anyone moving into such a state with a past felony conviction will be breaking the law if they vote, even if coming from a state where they had full suffrage rights. 

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Felon Disenfranchisement: A Relic of the Past

Posted on What's New Adam Fogel on January 13, 2010

People convicted of felonies are permanently disenfranchised in two states--Virginia and Kentucky. History shows that felon disenfranchisement laws are a relic of the days of Jim Crow.

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