Voting indeed a right

Posted Friday, Nov. 15, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Michelle Licater asserted in a Thursday letter (“Giving up the right to vote”) that voting is a privilege, not a right. She is flat-out wrong. Voting is a right.

Someone failed to teach her the U.S. Constitution.

The 14th Amendment recognizes two classes of citizenship — state and national, ranking national citizenship superior to state citizenship.

States have the right to place regulations on how elections are conducted within their borders. They do not, however, have the right to impose regulations that violate the rights of a U.S. citizen. The new Texas voter ID law crosses that line.

— Paul R. Schattman, Arlington

To letter writer Michelle Licater and others who use the Constitution as a crutch, but don’t know what’s in it:

It’s my sad duty to inform you that, despite your intent to spread misinformation, voting is indeed a right implicit in the Constitution, not a privilege.

While not explicitly stated in the Constitution, the document contains phrases in the amendments such as “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state....”

It does not say: “The privilege ... to vote shall not be denied,” etc.

— Dave Robinson, Fort Worth

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