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Americans like to boast that voting is a right in our country, but that's not entirely true. Voting today remains technically a legal privilege (beyond the citizenship requirement, which all nations require), something each state decides for some of its citizens.
Except in the two states that have abolished individual denial, state Governors or legislatures grant or deny the vote to convicts, ex-convicts, or people who rebel against government, as a reward or a gift, a situation tailor-made for corruption.
Something about this doesn’t make sense.
How genuine is a republic where voting is a privilege?
Can one citizen have a natural right to control another’s ability
to participate in a democracy?
This section ends the Constitution's last remaining allowed denial of the vote for adult citizens:
as a penalty for rebellion or crime, a denial states have been increasingly eliminating for ex-convicts.
This amends Amendment XIV, Section 2:
"But when the right to vote [...] is denied
to any of the inhabitants of such State,
being eighteen years of age and a citizen of the United States,
or in any way abridged,
except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, [...]"
Amendment XXVIII, (proposed), Section 2:
"The United States and every State
will enforce the right of a citizen eighteen years of age or older
to vote, not to vote, or to abstain regarding any office or proposal,
in United States or State elections."
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