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  •  Right to Vote constitutional amendment (8+ / 0-)

    would give us much more power to fight suppression.

    •  Interesting idea (2+ / 0-)
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      kyril, Frank Schnittger

      What would said amendment say or do?

      Barack Obama is not a secret socialist class warrior who wants to redistribute wealth in America. But I'll still vote for him, anyway.

      by looty on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 10:24:06 AM PST

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      •  It could make it an offense (7+ / 0-)

        for any election official to prevent an eligible voter from voting or for not counting their vote - and fine officials if waiting lines exceed 1 hour.

        It could empower the FEC to oversee not just campaign contributions, but all constituency changes, voting arrangements and vote counting arrangements for Federal elections to ensure they are adequate to service the voting population, and equitable across the board.  It could standardize early voting and mail in voting procedures and generally make it easier to vote - perhaps ultimately over the internet!.

        It is possible the FEC could be empowered to do these things by Act of Congress and without the need for a Constitutional change, but I am not a lawyer, and we would probably have to change the composition of the SCOTUS first - to prevent it from ruling that States had a right to gerrymander, suppress, and miscount votes!

      •  We don't currently have the right to vote (3+ / 0-)
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        Frank Schnittger, bontemps2012, looty

        in presidential elections as I understand it.  The state legislatures are in charge of choosing electors and they choose to put it to a vote.  Voter suppression isn't really illegal federally as long as it isn't practiced differentially.  States have their own laws about it.  I think we should model it after the 17th amendment, which took that power away from legislatures for senate elections.  Then voter suppression would be unconstitutional.

    •  personally I feel for federal elections there (1+ / 0-)
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      ought to be federal laws governing ALL of it including voting machines over seen by the dept of weights and measures. So registration rules would be defined, early voting, poll hours and minimum number of locations and how they are set up. Yes, I know States think they need to handle this and we know they just can't do it in a bipartisan way that serves the American people. There is the campaign for politics your right to vote, your ability to vote should never ever be determined by politics.

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