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Is There a Right to Vote?

Folks – I’m getting a lot of email about whether or not there’s a constitutional right to vote.

For example, “Your reader is wrong; the right to vote is NOT in the constitution. Only protection against having states limit your right to vote based on certain criteria. But the actual right to vote is established by the states themselves, since the states are the ones electing the president.”

I understand the point. But the Supreme Court, I think does recognize a constitutional right to vote. So while it may not be in the Constitution it does exist. But, my larger point is, I really, really don’t want to have a debate dripping with Marbury V. Madison etc on the question. Still, I figured I had to at least get the idea out there. If Ramesh wants to settle the issue fine. But otherwise let’s just let this tangent sit where it is until another day.

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