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Petition for a Voting Rights Amendment


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

Angelika
- 407 days ago - action.workingfamiliesparty.org
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. (101)
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. (195)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 4:02 am
Thanks Angelika. Signed and noted.
 

Dandelion G. (403)
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.


 

Suheyla C. (233)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 3:01 pm
noted. Thanks
 

JL A. (269)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 3:26 pm
signed earlier, noted now
 

Betsy Bee (1362)
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.
 

EDWARD G. MRKVICKA (0)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 5:21 pm
SIGNED AND NOTED WE AS CITIZENS HAVE EVERY RIGHT IN THE WORLD TO VOTE IT IS OUR RIGHT NOT A ENTITLEMENT GET A LIFE SCALIA.
 

AniMae Chi (357)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 5:29 pm
signed
 

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

Janet R. (34)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 7:08 pm
America is getting more crazy by the minute.
 

John Gregoire (248)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 5:11 am
The constituion should never be changed for temporal or frivolous reasons. The 14th Amendment adequately covers voting rights. Scalia was reacting to a case in which the southern states want to be treated as are the other states. Ironic that NY is included in the bunch of "bad" states. perhaps this is due to NY's overwhelming Democrat population downstate and the rigging of so many elections?
 

John S. (294)
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 F. (110)
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 (3)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 2:47 pm
GLADLY SIGNED!!!
 

Birgit W. (135)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 4:52 pm
Signed
 

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

marie tc (164)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 5:20 pm
Noted
 

Natasha Salgado (455)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 6:08 pm
Done,thanks.
 

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.
 

Joan M. (808)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 2:24 am
Noted & signed. Thanks Angelika
 

Gloria picchetti (279)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 8:43 am
Signed.
 

James Maynard (62)
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
them.)
 

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

Lois Jordan (54)
Friday March 8, 2013, 2:15 pm
Signed. Noted. Thank you, Angelika.
 
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