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  •  You are wrong, kos. Dead wrong. (0+ / 0-)
    And remember, this decision was possible because the United States Constitution does not guarantee the right to vote. Please sign the petition to join Daily Kos, Color of Change, and a growing movement to pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing and protecting the freedom to vote for all.
    Enough fear mongering, please.  Read the Constitution.  The right is clear.  So much so, that it is referenced five times.  See Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment, which imposes a penalty upon States that deny or abridge "the right to vote at any [federal or state] election ... to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, ... except for participation in rebellion, or other crime." See the Fifteenth Amendment, which states that "[t]he right of citizens of the United States to vote" can't be abridged by race.  See the Nineteenth Amendment, which says that the same right can't be abridged by sex.  See the Twenty-Fourth Amendment, which says that "the right of citizens of the United States to vote" in federal elections can't be blocked by a poll tax.  Last, see the Twenty-Sixth Amendment, which protects "[t]he right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote."

    It's already there.  The right is subject to reasonable restrictions.  For example, you have to be a citizen to vote, you have to register and you have to vote in the manner prescribed by the States and the Federal government.   That the States are making it easier to exercise that right by permitting early voting, extended voting hours and voting by mail only shows that the ability to exercise that right is expanding.  

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    by SpamNunn on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 01:34:20 PM PDT

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