Voter suppression across the United States has reached crisis levels, largely because the Constitution does not explicitly guarantee our right to vote. An explicit Constitutional right to vote would empower Americans to challenge systemic voter suppression and restore the integrity of our elections.
Stand with Jill Stein's call for an explicit Constitutional right to vote today!
The 2016 primary season is exposing a crisis of democracy in America.
The prevalence of voter suppression, from voters forced to stand in line for five hours in Arizona to over one hundred thousand voters purged from the rolls in New York, is inexcusable.
Meanwhile in North Carolina, a federal judge has upheld new voting restrictions, including a voter ID law that will disproportionately block poor and minority voters from the polls.
It’s no secret that reducing voter turnout benefits the political establishment.
It’s time to bring real democracy to America by eliminating unfair barriers to voting and ensuring every vote counts.
It may surprise you that the US Constitution does not explicitly guarantee our right to vote. That’s why establishing an explicit Constitutional right to vote is critical to overcoming voter suppression.
Across the country, we see people who do everything they’re supposed to, yet their votes are not counted due to the negligence of election officials. All too often, these disenfranchised voters are disappeared from official election results with no legal recourse.
An explicit Constitutional right to vote would empower Americans to challenge systemic voter suppression and restore the integrity of our elections.
Voter suppression issues in state after state are symptomatic of an electoral system designed to prop up the establishment political parties.
We see the same pattern everywhere that partisan appointees control the electoral process: the establishment gains power, and the voters lose power.
It’s time to take control of elections away from the parties, and put them in the hands of the people through independent citizen boards in charge of everything from voter registration to redistricting.
It’s also past time to discard the obsolete first-past-the-post voting system and adopt improved voting systems already used successfully around the world.
The current system has most voters feeling trapped between two parties that are growing more and more out of touch with the American people.
With polls showing record unpopularity for the Democratic and Republican front-runners, we’re facing the repugnant prospect of a general election where more voters are voting against what they fear than are voting for what they believe in.
We can solve the ‘lesser-evil’ dilemma in a heartbeat by enacting Ranked Choice Voting, which ensures that if your first choice doesn’t win, your vote is automatically reassigned to your second choice, freeing voters to support the candidates they most agree with.
And to bring real democracy to the United States, we need proportional representation, which gives you the freedom to vote for the representation you want, knowing that’s what you’ll get.
Countries with proportional representation, which includes most Western democracies, have significantly higher voter turnout because people are more likely to participate in democracy when they know their voice will be represented, even when they’re in the minority.
All of these reforms - proportional representation, ranked choice voting, independent election boards, and more - would move America closer to real democracy and help break the grip of the elite special interests who have hijacked our government.
But it all starts with fighting back against voter suppression, and the best way to do that is with an explicit Constitutional right to vote.
Sign and share my call for a Constitutional right to vote today!
By standing together for our fundamental right to vote, we can build an unstoppable movement for an America, and a world, that works for all of us.
It’s in our hands!
-Dr. Jill Stein, April 27, 2016