You Have No RIGHT to Vote!
Of all the democracies in the world, the United States is one of the very few that does not include the right to vote in its constitution. As the Supreme Court said in Bush v. Gore, “…the individual citizen has no federal constitutional right to vote for electors for the President of the United States.”
The 13th Amendment prohibits discrimination in voting based on race, the 19th Amendment prohibits voting discrimination against women, and the 26th Amendment prohibits age discrimination in voting, but nowhere in the Constitution is there an affirmative right to vote.
Because the regulation of voting, including registration and qualifications, is pretty much left up to the individual States, Congress has little power to regulate even federal elections. The result is that, in regards to elections, the United States looks like a “banana republic.” In truth, however, because their constitutions guarantee the right to vote, elections in South and Central America are more orderly and less subject to dispute.
The Voters’ Rights Amendment provides that all adult citizens have the right to cast effective votes in all elections and provides Congress with the power to ensure uniform voting procedures and essential fairness in elections.