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  •  And there is no Constitutional right to vote (1+ / 0-)
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    either. That was a Republican talking point post-2000, by the way.

    As far as the DNC enforcing the rules, they have already failed on that account.

    •  According to the Constitution... (1+ / 0-)
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      You cannot be denied the right to vote, but you are correct in that there is no provision that expressly asserts the right to vote.

      Don't PANIC!, it's 42.

      by CarmenT on Wed May 21, 2008 at 08:14:20 PM PDT

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      •  Depends on the basis of denial. (2+ / 0-)
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        carver, CarmenT

        Quite absurd, if you ask me:

        This may be a conservative reading of the Constitution, but it is black-letter law. True, the Constitution contains specific, hard-won language in the 15th and 19th Amendments that forbids discrimination in voting on the basis of race or sex. But these prohibitions don't establish a universal right to vote. Thus, Congress cannot selectively disenfranchise women in the District of Columbia but can, and does, render all of its residents voiceless in Congress by denying them representation in the House and Senate. The Florida legislature may not (theoretically, anyway) dismiss only the votes of African Americans; but as the Supreme Court kindly reminded us in Bush v. Gore, it can dismiss everyone's votes. Likewise, Florida cannot selectively deny African-American ex-convicts the right to vote in state and federal elections, but it disenfranchises all ex-offenders-some 400,000 of them.


        I support the National Popular Vote for federal elections. The right to vote may not be in the Constitution, but its development as a democratic norm is a process that has been going on since the early 1800's, and it is something that we should defend and expand on, especially this Democratic party, regardless of what happens with this particular nomination right (which Obama has basically won).

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