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Thread: Constitutional Amendment Making Voting A Right

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    Constitutional Amendment Making Voting A Right

    There are many people who don't realize that voting is NOT a right granted by the U.S. Constitution. Would you support such an amendment?

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    Here is what is being proposed by two Democratic representatives:

    A pair of Democratic congressmen is pushing an amendment that would place an affirmative right to vote in the U.S. Constitution. According to Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), who is sponsoring the legislation along with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the amendment would protect voters from what he described as a “systematic” push to “restrict voting access” through voter ID laws, shorter early voting deadlines, and other measures that are being proposed in many states.


    “Most people believe that there already is something in the Constitution that gives people the right to vote, but unfortunately … there is no affirmative right to vote in the Constitution. We have a number of amendments that protect against discrimination in voting, but we don’t have an affirmative right,” Pocan told TPM last week. “Especially in an era … you know, in the last decade especially we’ve just seen a number of these measures to restrict access to voting rights in so many states. … There’s just so many of these that are out there, that it shows the real need that we have.”


    The brief amendment would stipulate that “every citizen of the United States, who is of legal voting age, shall have the fundamental right to vote in any public election held in the jurisdiction in which the citizen resides.” It would also give Congress “the power to enforce and implement this article by appropriate legislation.”

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    Congressmen Propose Constitutional Amendment To Block Voting Rights Challenges | TPMDC


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    Re: Constitutional Amendment Making Voting A Right

    No. No need for it and there are other amendments that have been waiting in the wings for decades that deserve our attention.

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    Re: Constitutional Amendment Making Voting A Right

    I certainly would support it. Voting is fundamental to our system of government.


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    Re: Constitutional Amendment Making Voting A Right

    Nope. I don't want convicts and illegals voting. We elect enough Democrats as-is.

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    Re: Constitutional Amendment Making Voting A Right

    No ID, no vote, period. Prove you are who you claim to be. Get over it.
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    Re: Constitutional Amendment Making Voting A Right

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Nope. I don't want convicts and illegals voting. We elect enough Democrats as-is.
    What rationale is there for not allowing people who've served their time to vote again? If they're released back as citizens, they should be able to participate as citizens.

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    Re: Constitutional Amendment Making Voting A Right

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    What rationale is there for not allowing people who've served their time to vote again? If they're released back as citizens, they should be able to participate as citizens.
    i always assumed it was because they don"t want them voting against the judges who sentenced them but i understand i may be wrong......

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    Re: Constitutional Amendment Making Voting A Right

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    i always assumed it was because they don"t want them voting against the judges who sentenced them but i understand i may be wrong......
    That's a pretty weak answer.

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    Re: Constitutional Amendment Making Voting A Right

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    That's a pretty weak answer.
    then tell me the answer since you obviously know.......

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    Re: Constitutional Amendment Making Voting A Right

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    then tell me the answer since you obviously know.......
    You mean for why felony disenfranchisement exists in the first place? Actually I don't know, I just assumed it was one of those overly enthusiastic positions that politicians take on to appear tough on crime.

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