REPUBLICANS, especially of the TrumpubliQan variety, know that THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT WANT THEM. Their solution? Instead of trying to find policies that will broaden their appeal to more people, they are trying to STOP PEOPLE FROM VOTING. So far, at least 253 laws have been introduced into various state legislatures, all by Republicans, trying to limit access to voting, especially in ways that target minorities and students.
The right to vote is a right of citizenship that must be allowed to all adult citizens with equality of access (14th Amendment) that cannot be denied or abridged on account of race (15th Amendment), gender (19th Amendment) or age if 18 or over (26th Amendment). And it is a right free of cost — there can be no voting tax assessed (24th Amendment).
While the original Constitution leaves it up to the states to manage the particulars of elections, within Constitutional provisions for federal elections, each of these amendments also includes enabling wording that acts to create an ENUMERATED POWER for the federal government to enact legislation to ensure that those rights are not infringed.
This is an inherent right of citizenship. Period. The burden of proof is NOT on citizens to prove their rights of citizenship (in this case the right to vote; “show your papers!”); the burden of proof would be on anyone challenging the qualifications to vote.
We need to pass HR-1 and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act NOW, to invoke federal authority as enumerated in the respective amendments, to undo these anti-democratic efforts and prohibit them for the future, even if we have to revise the filibuster rules to get it through the senate.
May 31, 2017