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Yet, “nowhere in the United States Constitution is there an explicit declaration of the right to vote. Initially the Constitution appears to have left that right up to the states.” (Oxford Companion to the U.S. Supreme Court)

In a democracy, the right to vote is a moral imperative, the most fundamental legal right, and is protective of all other rights. When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) he said,“The right to vote is the basic right, without which all others are meaningless.” Such a fundamental right should be explicitly guaranteed to all Americans in the U.S. Constitution.

It’s time to add a RIGHT-TO-VOTE AMENDMENT to
the U.S. CONSTITUTION

The U.S. has a “states’ rights and local control” voting system. And since voting is a state right, with virtually no enforceable national standards, we have ended up with multiple and varied election systems in the 50 states (plus DC), 3,143 counties (or county equivalents), 13,000 local voting jurisdictions and 186,000 precincts, all organized on what amounts to a “separate and unequal” voting system, controlled and managed by local election officials.

The Solution
A constitutional amendment has been introduced in the House of Representatives:

House Joint Resolution 44
Section 1. 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.
Section 2. Congress shall have the power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Explore our site and learn about the issue. Then sign the petition to support the amendment to give all Americans a constitutional right to vote.

A “right-to-vote” constitutional amendment is:

non-partisan   not Democratic, Republican or independent
non-ideological   not liberal or conservative
non-programmatic   it doesn’t require one to support or oppose any particular policy or legislative programs(s) in order to fulfill the amendment
non-special interest   it’s application is not limited to minorities, women, labor, businesspersons, lesbians and gays or any other special interest group.


It applies to and benefits all Americans!

Prior to becoming President of the United States, Barack Obama, as a professor of constitutional law at the University of Chicago, began each of his constitutional law classes with the surprising fact that an “explicit federal individual right to vote” is not in the U.S. Constitution.
Of the 119 nations that elect their public officials using some form of democratic elections, 108 have the right to vote in their constitution, but the United States is one of the 11 nations - including Azerbaijan, Chechnya, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan, Singapore and the United Kingdom - that does not explicitly contain a citizen's right to vote in its constitution.