Pages tagged "Voting rights"

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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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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Live Blogging from the polls in DC

Posted on What's New on October 20, 2010

Election Day is here! Amy Ngai, Director of Program for Representative Government at FairVote, is working the polls in DC.

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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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Making Constitution Day a Celebration of Representative Democracy

Posted on What's New Jo Mckeegan, Emily Hellman on September 08, 2010

When naming important holidays, Constitution Day will not make most people’s shortlist. But maybe, it should.

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New Delaware law allows 16-year-olds to preregister to vote

Posted on What's New Jo Mckeegan on September 01, 2010

On September 8, Delaware governor Jack A. Markell signed into law a bill allowing 16-year-olds to preregister to vote.  The passage of the law makes Delaware the sixth state (plus the District of Columbia) to adopt youth preregistration reforms aimed at engaging young citizens in the political process.

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Voting Rights Act turns 45

Posted on What's New Tom Sanchez, Right To Vote Blog on August 06, 2010

Although the Voting Rights Act turns 45, we still have much ground to cover in the effort to obtain an constitutional Right to Vote.

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Momentum builds for Voter Pre-Registration: Four Wins in the Past Year

Posted on What's New Tom Sanchez on July 02, 2010

Delaware recently became the 6th state to pass Youth Voter Pre-Registration legislation. Here's why that victory is so important to FairVote's overall mission.

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President Obama Calls for DC Voting Rights

Posted on What's New Adam Fogel on April 16, 2010

On Emancipation Day 2010, President Obama calls on Congress to give representation to the District of Columbia and improve the Home Rule Charter.

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Anything Else, Mr. President?

Posted on What's New Adam Fogel on January 28, 2010

The issue of DC Voting Rights was conspicuously absent from last night's State of the Union Address.

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