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Essay On Voting Rights

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Have you once heard some one say "That's unconstitutional!" or "That's my constitutional right!" It’s a phrase used quite often, but many a time misunderstood. There are many misconceptions among Americans and astonishingly, many basic fundamental “rights” that we so cherish as Americans are in actuality not guaranteed by our nations most important founding document. One such misconception is something that will surprise you. Many Americans believe that the government cannot prohibit its citizens from voting, but the truth is - if Americans read their Constitution, they would be shocked to see that in no where does it provide that Americans are forever entitled to the right to vote. With that arises the question – does America need a “Voting Rights” Amendment enumerated into the constitution? Quite frankly – Yes, yes it does. The problem with the current system is that voting is in fact an inferred right – Although accepted as a right by the general populace, the failure of the U.S. Constitution to directly enumerate it leaves it room for interpretation and manipulation. Thus, the U.S. government may decide who may and may not vote, so long as they do not violate certain guidelines such as the 15th and 19th amendments. The Constitution only prohibits the Government from banning its citizens from voting due to color, race, religion, sex, and the like. Another thing that many Americans don’t realize is that in the 2000 court case Bush v. Gore, the Supreme court ruled “The individual Citizen has no federal Constitutional right to vote,” Because of this, State Governments may infer through the 10th amendment that they too may regulate voter’s rights within their own jurisdictions as it states “The powers not delegated to the United S... ... middle of paper ... ...igher than it was before the passage of the Voting Rights Act. The Supreme Court has refused to apply strict scrutiny to felon disenfranchisement except where discriminatory intent can be proven”. (The Missing Right) Having the amendment added will protect America from current and future abuses of power. Eric Holder’s proposition along with that of Mark Schmitt’s “Right to Vote” Amendment would not only protect the rights of ex-convicts - they would protect the voting rights of every American citizen. A wise man once said "If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth." (Ronald Reagan). If America wishes to remain free from future (and current) abuses of power, she needs the “Right to Vote” directly amended into the constitution in order to insure that Americas leaders are always elected for the people, and by the people.
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