The USA has never had universal voting rights for its citizens and it is past time that we rectify this.
In the last 226+ years the States have not matured enough to trust their citizens with the right to vote in State and Federal elections.
This is no longer a fledgling third world nation unaccustomed to living in a democracy. The Founding Fathers were All White, All Male, and raised under a monarchy infected by class, religious and other bigotries. They are all dead. We do not honor our nation by retarding ourselves back into the 18th century.
Right now we are shamefully backwards as a democracy. Most “developed” nations have left us in the dust when it comes to voter participation.
See: U.S. voter turnout trails most developed countries http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/05/06/u-s-voter-turnout-trails-most-developed-countries/
In this year, 2016, people can serve and die in the military and legally be denied the right to vote by State Legislatures which still do not believe “all people are created equal”.
No more excuses.
No more delays.
Nothing this important takes 226 years to figure out.
Since I don’t know of a Voting Rights Amendment Bill that is currently under consideration in the Congress and State Legislatures here is an uncomplicated draft:
You may Copy / Paste the text to anyone for their consideration.
Proposal for a 28th Amendment to the Constitution
All persons born or naturalized in the United States,
and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, have the
inalienable right to vote in elections of the
United States and of the State wherein they reside.
Congress and no State shall make or enforce any law
which shall abridge or impede the voting rights of
citizens of the United States.
draft 1 3/8/2016
Send it to your Congressional Representatives and Senators, plus your State Legislators.
Please send this out by email and Social Media and let us know what you think.
Stephen Maddox Sr.