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Enshrining A #RightToVote in the U.S. Constitution

For nearly two decades, Advancement Project National Office has championed an affirmative and explicit #RightToVote Amendment.

On August 4, 2020, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a historic joint resolution to amend the U.S. Constitution to enshrine an affirmative and explicit right to vote. 

The Durbin-Warren #RightToVote Amendment would:

  • Guarantee the fundamental right to vote in all public elections to each citizen of legal voting age.
  • Ensure that the right to vote of formerly incarcerated individuals and returning citizens is the same as the right to vote of all other citizens.
  • Place an enormous burden on states to defend each and every barrier they might hope to impose on the franchise.
  • Create Congressional power to protect the fundamental right to vote through legislation. 

Read the Joint Resolution proposing the Durbin-Warren #RightToVote Amendment.

Read Advancement Project National Office’s statement of endorsement.

Sign Advancement Project National Office’s Petition For A #RightToVote Amendment.

Additional Resources on the Durbin-Warren #RightToVote Amendment:

Additional General Resources on the #RightToVote Amendment:

  • Bring On the 28th Amendment: Efforts by Trump and his allies to suppress the vote are only part of the problem, written by Professor Rick Hasen, June 29, 2020.
  • “What Would John Lewis Think?” Free and Fair with Franita and Foley, Podcast, July 27, 2020.  
  • Testimony in favor of a #RightToVote Amendment before the 2016 DNC Platform Committee, by Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director, Advancement Project National Office, June 16, 2016. 
  • Testimony in favor of a #RightToVote Amendment before the 2016 DNC Platform Committee, by Bob Moses, former member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Commitee, June 16, 2016. 
  • In Pursuit Of An Affirmative Right To Vote, A Strategic Report, by Advancement Project National Office, July 2008. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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