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
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.