Write a letter of support to your local paper
Together, we are building a movement to improve the quality and security of the U.S. electoral system by adding a right to vote amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Please join us in advocating the passage of H.J. Res. 28, the proposed amendment to the Constitution to add a right to vote.

Remember...
  • Letters to the Editor should be no more than 150-160 words
  • Focus on a single topic
  • Include the name of the article you are referencing
  • Include your name, address and day phone  number at the bottom of your letter 
  • Most papers will only publish one letter a month from a single letter writer                                 

Talking Points
  • In 2004 approximately 1.2 millions votes or 1 out of every 100 votes cast was lost or incorrectly counted. This is a result of poor ballot design and faulty equipment.  In North Carolina one voting machine lost 4500 votes that were never counted.  Those voters were disenfranchised.
  • While some provisions of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) proved beneficial, such as provisional ballots, this legislation needs to be updated.
  • Voter fraud is as old as election themselves and thus experienced voters are even more likely than first-time voters to be doubly/improperly registered, but only first-time voters must show a valid ID.  Furthermore, ID requirements will disproportionately affect people of color and college students who may not have proper ID. 
  • Over 9 million U.S. citizens are denied the right to vote that they would otherwise be able to excercise if they lived in a differnt part of the country.  These voters include, ex-felons, felons, Ameicans living abroad and residents of U.S. territories such as Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
  • Millions of voters used new “touchscreen” voting equipment that lacks a voter verified paper trail and is produced by private companies that are driven by profit, not the public interest
  • Contrary to popular belief there is no right to vote in the U.S. Constitution.  According the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court decision, Americans do not have the right to vote for presidential electors, instead states nominate electors to select the president.  This means that under our current system a state legislature could decide against the popular will of the people and appoint electors of their own choosing.
Conclude with...
  • Instead, we should urge Congress to make voting equal for all Americans and tell them to support an amendment to the Constitution to make voting a right of citizenship.  Such an amendment would streamline election policy and ensure that every citizen had an equal opportunity to vote regardless of where they live.


 
Recent Articles
October 19th 2009
Mandatory Voting? Automatic Registration? How Un-American!
Huffington Post

President of Air America Media, Mark Green, explains why Instant Runoff Voting, Automatic Registration and Mandatory Voting are not only important but could lead to a more democratic society.

September 30th 2009
Can a 17-year-old register to vote? It depends
Ventura County Star

"Most Californians register to vote not because a political cause has touched their heart, but rather because they checked a box on a form at the Department of Motor Vehicles when they received or renewed their driverís license."

September 27th 2009
Giving teens a civic voice
The Fayetteville Observer

In January, North Carolina will become the third state to implement FairVote-endorsed youth preregistration.

September 8th 2009
Give voters final say on vacancies
Politico

The two legislators proposing a constitutional amendment mandating elections to fill Senate vacancies make their case in the pages of Politico.