Every person 18 years of age or older has the right to vote in the United States. Per the Fourteenth Amendment, states will lose their congressional representation …
“… When the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime.”
Since 1787 when the Constitution was first amended, we have passed laws to include women “inhabitants” and to lower the legal voting age to 18 instead of 21.
In the Fifteenth Amendment, the right to vote is not to be …
“… denied or abridged on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
So, what part of this do the legislatures in 43 states not understand? What part of this do the Republicans in Congress not understand? They have allegedly read the damn Constitution … with the exception of some like Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Greene, who cannot read! It’s as plain as the noses on their pocky faces! Everybody over the age of 18 has the right to vote! Read that again! Better yet, perhaps Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia needs to read the Constitution before he opens his mouth again!
There are two bills that have passed the House of Representatives and are now awaiting consideration in the Senate. S1 and S4 are about voting rights. We should not need new federal laws to give us the right to vote … WE ALREADY HAVE THAT RIGHT!!! But, sadly, the states, particularly those in the South and those run by Republican governments, are passing bills willy nilly that would rob us of those rights.
Manchin says that any legislation on voting rights must have the support of the Republican senators … WHY??? They aren’t about to support our right to vote because they know damn well, they have even stated, that if everybody can vote, they don’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of winning another election. They aren’t going to compromise, they want to dominate the discussion, the landscape. They want only white, Christian male voters, if the truth be known. They don’t want Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, Asians, or really even women voting. They don’t want college kids voting. The majority of people in this nation would not vote for a Republican today if they offered … a Krispy Kreme Donut!
The State of Georgia just shoved through demonic voter suppression legislation. The bill passed both chambers of the legislature in the span of a few hours before Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed it into law yesterday evening. The new law imposes new voter identification requirements for absentee ballots, empowers state officials to take over local elections boards, limits the use of ballot drop boxes and makes it a crime to approach voters in line to give them food and water. WTF??? You’re going to make is such that they will be forced to stand in lines for HOURS to vote, yet they cannot be provided with life-sustaining WATER??? What a bastard!
Voting rights advocates say the state’s rapid-fire action — and plans in other Republican-controlled states to pass restrictions of their own — underscores the need for federal legislation to set a national baseline for voting rules. In my book, the only ‘rules’ should be that the person be 18 or older. Nothing else matters! I may not have two forms of photo ID … in fact, I don’t. It doesn’t matter! I pay taxes, I’ve lived here all my life … I have the right to cast my vote. If I don’t, then I no longer wish to live in this hellhole! If my Black friends Rob & Aundrea or my Muslim friends Ali & Maha don’t have the right to vote, then why are they bothering to pay taxes to support a government that has robbed them of their voice?
I am fortunate to live in a state where it is relatively easy to vote by mail and where voting laws are not being altered, but for the majority of people in this country, it will be harder to vote in the next election unless S1 & S4 are passed by the Senate. That is the goal of the Republicans in Congress and in state legislatures around the nation. Are we going to let them get by with it? I certainly hope not, for the sake of this nation that has already seen far too many of our rights go down the tubes.
Funny, isn’t it, that the fools on the hill will go ballistic over “protecting gun rights”, but they don’t give a royal f*ck about our voices, our rights to participate in our own government – the one that we fund!!!
Joe Manchin calls for ‘compromise’. Well, we’ve been compromising for ages now … on healthcare, on education, on wasteful military spending, on foreign affairs, on just about everything. There is no room for compromise on voting rights … there is no wiggle room at all. We all get to vote! Understand that, Republicans???