Resources

The following is our recommended list of Resources. Our list compiles select writings by leading academics, organizers, journalists, and litigators on topics relevant to the Right to Vote Initiative, including right-to-vote amendment language and the history of the right to vote and race.  We also feature webinars and other up-to-date resources.

By New York Times Editorial Board | March 17, 2017

Editorial: A Universal Right to Vote N.Y. Times, Mar. 11, 2013

On its Opinion Pages, the New York Times Editorial Board writes in favor of a universal right to vote:

“A country that takes pride in its democratic system should provide all voters with basic voting standards.”

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By Pamela Karlan | March 17, 2017

Voting Rights and the Third Reconstruction, The Constitution in 2020 Jack M. Balkin and Reva B. Siegel, eds., New York: Oxford University Press, 2009

Professor Pamela Karlan asks:

“What would it mean to develop an affirmative conception of the right to vote, one in which the government has an obligation to facilitate citizens’ exercise of the franchise?”

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By Kenji Yoshino | March 17, 2017

The New Equal Protection 124 Harv. L. Rev. 747, 794-795 (2011)

Professor Kenji Yoshino discusses “equality fatigue,” and inter alia, its implications for movements built on “rights talk,” including the right to vote movement.

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By Advancement Project | October 27, 2016

In Pursuit Of An Affirmative Right to Vote A Strategic Report, July 2008

A preliminary examination of the need to amend the U.S. Constitution in order to explicitly guarantee that all eligible Americans have a fair, equal, and inclusive voice in our democracy.  The report identifies strategies that would be most effective in raising public awareness that the current combination of unduly burdensome procedures, underfunded bureaucracies and partisan officials has created a patchwork of arbitrary practices tending to contract, rather than expand the franchise.

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By Matthew Yglesias | October 17, 2016

Americans don’t have a constitutional right to vote – it’s time for that to change Vox (Oct. 20, 2014, 2:00 P.M. EDT)

Writer Matthew Yglesias argues for the right-to-vote amendment:

“[A]n affirmative right to vote would give voting-rights proponents a positive vision to organize around, rather than simply playing defense against various ID measures.”

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