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  •  The right to vote is already in the Constitution. (6+ / 0-)

    The Fourteenth Amendment says that representation in Congress can be reduced for a state that prevents some of its citizens from voting in federal elections. The Fifteenth Amendment says this:

    "Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

    And, of course, the 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, gave women the right to vote.

    The problem is, Constitutional Amendments notwithstanding, there is a systematic drive to stop Democrats from voting.
       The Fifteenth Amendment appears to be bulletproof, but the Supreme Court simply ignored the fact that the power to legislate its enforcement was specifically granted to Congress. The Court took upon itself to set aside the work of Congress and substitute its own view about whether the Voting Rights Act was up to date.
       More Amendments or laws aren't going to help. It will take a sustained political movement to make certain that everybody is able to vote.

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