Voting is a Right for Citizens of the United States

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21 July 2018

Voting is a Right for Citizens of the United States

Let me be perfectly clear. Voting in state and federal elections is a right for citizens of the United States of America as declared by the 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th Amendments to the United States Constitution. United States citizenship is obtained by birth or naturalization.

There have been numerous articles that bring into question whether non-citizens can vote constitutionally or whether recent declarations by certain city mayors to allow non-citizens to vote in city elections. The Constitution is very clear that the right of citizens of the United States to vote in state or federal elections shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State.

When cities mayors take it upon themselves to circumvent federal or state election laws they must be held to the same constitutional standard before it ends up in state supreme courts or before the SCOTUS.

In this article I have included the Amendments to the Constitution which deal specifically with the right of citizens of the United States of America to vote so you can read for yourselves.

Amendment XV (15) (1870)

Section 1. 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.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

This amendment was designed to protect the right of African-Americans to vote and has served as the foundation for such legislation as the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

 

Amendment XIX (19) (1920)

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.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

The Constitution has never prohibited women from voting and for many years before the adoption of this amendment women did vote in several states. The 19th amendment established a uniform rule for all states to follow in guaranteeing women this right.

 

Amendment XXIV (24) (1964)

Section 1. 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.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

The poll tax was the last surviving instance of a property qualification for the suffrage, and it was in effect, at the time of the adoption of this amendment, in only five States. The amendment was offered as a removal of another obstacle to the right to vote.

 

Amendment XXVI (26) (1971)

Section 1. 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.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

During the Vietnam War, this amendment lowered the voting age in federal and state elections to 18, the same age at which young men could be drafted for military service.

Go to https://www.senate.gov/civics/constitution_item/constitution.htm where the complete text of the United States Constitution is maintained online.

This article supersedes previous articles I have published on the subject of voting and I thank those who have provided input which have motivated me to re-visit the issue of the right of citizens of the United States to vote. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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