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To vote or not

September 21, 2006

I have, in the course of studies, read the Constitution. I was reading, though, for what was included. A recent article in Salon.com points out that I should have been reading for what was not included: namely the right to vote. The article states:

The Supreme Court restated the point in 2000, in Bush v. Gore. “The individual
citizen has no federal constitutional right to vote for electors for the
President of the United States,” said the Court, rather breezily, “unless
and until the state legislature chooses a statewide election as the means to
implement its power to appoint members of the Electoral College.”

Since that decision, two more literalist have been added to the judicairy, meaning that a reinterpretation is highly unlikely. Nor is a Constitutional ammendment, as it is not in the party-in-power’s best interest (I would say the same of the Dems, if they were in). So, here we are, the morally, self-righteous democracy that doesn’t see fit to ensure that every single citizen has the right to vote.

We can track the credit history of every single person in the US, legal or not, but we can’t create a system that will allow, without registration (a hurdle and barrier, I feel), without undo effort for every citizen to cast a vote–that will be counted (throw out the electoral college).

This cause will not have traction, as it is not pretty. But, it should be.

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