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Petition for a Voting Rights Amendment

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Voting right, amendment, Justice Scalia, congress, SCOTUS, americans, elections )

- 1841 days ago -
Is voting a privilege? Supreme Court Justice Scalia seems to think so. Voting is a right. It should be protected in the constitution. Please introduce and pass a Voting Rights Amendment this session..

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Angelika R (143)
Monday March 4, 2013, 7:41 pm
This week, Scalia called the Voting Rights Act a "racial entitlement."

Voting is a right for all Americans. But the right to vote is not explicitly protected in the Constitution. Its absence allows reactionaries like Scalia to play dangerous games with our democracy.

It's time for our representatives to stand together and declare that everyone deserves a voice. Everyone deserves a vote.

Esther Z (94)
Monday March 4, 2013, 8:40 pm
Noted and signed. I wish there was a way to impeach Scalia or to get him to retire now!

Joe R (190)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 4:02 am
Thanks Angelika. Signed and noted.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 4:53 am
Thanks for asking New York Congressmembers to introduce a Voting Rights Amendment!
More than 235 years into our democratic experiment, the right to vote is still under threat. We need a Constitutional Amendment to defend the right to vote!
But Amendments are hard. So we need to build the pressure now.

Rob us of our jobs, our savings, our homes, our schools, now our voice.

Speak up Americans this is not a time to remain silent.


Süheyla C (234)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 3:01 pm
noted. Thanks

JL A (282)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 3:26 pm
signed earlier, noted now

Fiona O (586)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 3:37 pm
I know about Scalia's outrageous remark.

I wonder if we need another law. The 14th Amendment covers voting rights well, especially supported by the 1964 Civil Rights Act which addressed four critical concerns regarding voting rights. We need funding to enforce the laws we have instead of the very costly and time consuming process of an amendment to the Constitution.

The 14th Amendment came out of 750,000 deaths in the US Civil War. The suffering of many people in the Civil Rights movement of the early 1960's and possibly the death of John F. Kennedy led to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. These things should not be forgotten.

We also need NO more justices of Scalia's ilk appointed to the Supreme Court.

Tuesday March 5, 2013, 5:21 pm

Animae C (514)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 5:29 pm

Tamara Hayes (185)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 6:56 pm
Noted, signed, twittered and google shared. Thanks Angelika

Janet R (38)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 7:08 pm
America is getting more crazy by the minute.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 7:00 am
What Scalia was objecting to was the system of de facto apartheid that results from re-districting under Section 5, a system that benefits minority politicians by ensuring that they never have to compete for votes from people of other races.

Marsha F (5)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 9:56 am
To John G. and others,

If the 14th Amendment (as it's currently written) had been enough to prevent discriminatory voting practices, then the Voting Rights act would not have been necessary to begin with. Sadly, that was not the case. Nor is it the case now. If not through an amendment, at the very least the Voting Rights act should be expanded.

Fran SiteIssues F (118)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 2:38 pm
Thanks for asking New York Congressmembers to introduce a Voting Rights Amendment!
More than 235 years into our democratic experiment, the right to vote is still under threat. We need a Constitutional Amendment to defend the right to vote!
Angelika, thanks for posting this important petition!

donald Baumgartner (6)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 2:47 pm

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 4:52 pm

J. William Hays (1)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 5:07 pm

marie C (163)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 5:20 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 6:08 pm

Lloyd H (46)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 10:03 pm
John G, you are either lying or ignorant, intentional or real, NY State is not covered by Section 5 only the three Counties of Bronx, Kings and NY/Manhattan are Section 5.
The thing that is most interesting-disgusting-contemptible about Scalia's comment about "racial entailments" and their having been written about is the fact that Scalia is using his own writings to justify his own opinion. In short he is justifying himself by looking into a mirror. It is really a sad state of affairs when a Supreme Court Justice must stoop so low as to quote himself to justify his prejudgment in a matter before the Court.

Thursday March 7, 2013, 2:24 am
Noted & signed. Thanks Angelika

Gloria p (304)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 8:43 am

James Maynard (84)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 11:08 am
We need to stop putting "Activist" judges on
the Supreme Court who want to "legislate"
Congress away.

(Side note: I've "Noted" two stories so far
this morning and Care2 seems to be losing

Ann P (17)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 12:27 pm
Noted and signed. L♡ve ☮ Peace.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday March 8, 2013, 2:15 pm
Signed. Noted. Thank you, Angelika.
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