This Election Proves the Need for a Right to Vote
America needs an absolute right to vote, like most other major democracies.
One legacy of slavery is that our Constitution does not contain an absolute right to vote for all citizens who have achieved the age of majority.
Our property rights are totally intact. If the government wants to take away your house or your car because, for example, you didn't pay your taxes, they have to go to court to do it.
Our gun rights are strong. If the government wants to take away your guns, they have to go to court and prove their case in front of a judge.
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|Tuesday's Daily Stack
Hour One: Election Day 2020!! This Election PROVES the Need for a Right To Vote...
Tweet: "There are 52 United States senators who represent states w/ a smaller population than the Houston area. Wow. #MinorityRule
"In Harris County, Texas - a jurisdiction with a larger population than 26 states - some early voting sites stayed open all night. link "
" by Thom Hartmann
Article: "2nd Amendment
". A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Article: "5th Amendment
" (double jeopardy, witness against self, due process, taking clause, due compensation)
Article: "7th Amendment
" "In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved...
Article: "10th Amendment
" "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people
Case: "Bush v. Gore
", 2000. "The individual citizen has no federal constitutional right to vote for electors for the President of the United States
Quote: "If a jurisdiction doesn't get done counting its ballots on election night because of the volume, broken machines or any other reason, there's zero grounds for stopping it under any state's laws
" - Benjamin L. Ginsberg
Tweet: ""Donald Trump will spend this day in a secure room, inside a large federal facility, surrounded by a fence, inside an "unscalable" wall, backed by another fence, and ringed by 1,000 prison guards. So ... just think of this as a dry run for the next decade. link"
" by Laurence Tribe
Article: "15th Amendment
", February 3, 1870 "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude
Article: "19th Amendment
"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Article: "24th Amendment
" "The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
Article: "26th Amendment
". "The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.
Hour Two: This Election is About Climate Change...VOTE!!
- Tom Steyer
, Former Democratic Candidate for President 2020 / Former Investor, Philanthropist / Founder - NextGen America
Tweet: "Thread: As several prominent local female politicians spoke at precinct 212, one of the largest Democratic polling places in the state, the event was cut short when a maskless white man open carrying a gun showed up and began circling the property.
" by Charlotte Agenda
Tweet: "Congresswoman Adams was quickly whisked away, and Mayor Lyles left soon after. Poll watchers said the man was here for nearly an hour before heading in to vote.
" by Charlotte Agenda
" by worldometers.
Election Update from Philadelphia
- Lamar Williams, political journalist and filmmaker in Philly/Harrisburg
Hour Three: Thom Takes Your Calls on Today's Election, Your Voting Experiences, and more...
Article: "Declaration of Independence
". "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed
he United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
Article: "8th Amendment
" "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Quote: "What the nay-sayers don't understand is that this election has never been about me. It's about you.
" - Barack Obama
Quote: "It's not about his family and my family. It's about your family, and your family is hurting badly.
" - Joe Biden
Quote: "I've Never Been Hired by a Poor Person
" - Robert Orben
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