Call for a Constitutional Right to Vote

Establishing an explicit right to vote in the U.S. Constitution is consistent with American values. It would secure equality at the polls and uphold voters’ responsibility to participate in the democratic process. A constitutional right to vote would also:  

  • Ensure every voter can have a say
  • Bar political parties from creating barriers at the ballot box
  • Curb racial discrimination in voter access

On May 14, 2013, Congressmen Mark Pocan and Keith Ellison introduced House Joint Resolution 44, an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would establish an explicit, individual right to vote for all American citizens.

Last year, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), stripping the Justice Department of the powers it had for five decades to curb racial discrimination in voting. Congress has effectively neutered the Elections Assistance Commission. And many schools skip civic education, contributing to the decline in voter turnout in local and primary elections.

Action needs to be taken to ensure fair elections and equitable voting rights for all Americans. House Joint Resolution 44 would guarantee would guarantee the voting rights of every citizen of voting age, ensure that every vote is counted correctly, and defend against attempts to enfranchise ineligible voters and disenfranchise eligible voters. It would empower Congress to enact minimum electoral standards to guarantee a higher degree of legitimacy, inclusivity, and consistency across the nation, and give our courts the authority to keep politicians in check when they try to game the vote for partisan reasons.

Act now by telling your representative to cosponsor House Joint Resolution 44!