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  •  hmmm (none)
    #3 -- Scalia has opined that there is NO Constitutional right to vote. He interprets the language of Amendments:

    14: "But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of Electors.....is denied.....",

    15: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged.....on acccount of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.",

    19: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged.....on acccount of sex.", and

    26: "The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged.....on acccount of age."

    to mean that we don't have "the right to vote", it only means that "a right to vote" can't be DENIED for any of those reasons. IOW, he says the Constitution doesn't say anybody can vote, but that if anybody DOES get to vote, that blacks, women, and people 18 and over can't be refused. (I don't know how he turns the phrase, "the right to vote", repeated numerous times, into "a right to vote" -- I thought he was supposed to be such a strict constructionist?)

    I really like your #8! Sounds like a great way to increase turnout ;>

    Embarassingly Liberal! -- Wellstone '96

    by rincewind on Tue Jan 04, 2005 at 07:28:33 PM PST

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    •  #8 (none)
      came to me when i realized that counting disenfranchised felons is just the 3/5 compromise in a different form.

      as for #3, i meant it as a constitutional amendment. can you imagine what campaign ads you could run against anyone voting against it? "senator _ doesn't want you to vote."

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