Opinion: Confer a Positive Constitutional Right to Vote


I would amend the Constitution to include a positive right to register and vote in federal and state elections. Right now, there is no provision in the U.S. Constitution that, if you are a citizen, you have a right to vote. We can infer from the Constitution a right to vote for the Senate and House, and the Constitution protects against voting discrimination on the basis of race, gender, the failure to pay a poll tax and age if the voter is over 18. But these provisions are not sufficient. The Constitution also allocates to the states the responsibility for determining voting qualifications, including qualifications for federal elections.

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