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Wisconsin Congressman Proposes Change To U.S. Constitution
By Shamane Mills
Monday, May 13, 2013, 6:53pm
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn) are proposing to change the U.S. Constitution.
The congressmen from the Midwest say the right to vote should clearly be spelled out.
The right to vote is explicit in Wisconsin's state constitution, but it's not clearly spelled out in the U.S. Constitution. Rather, it comes from the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and various post-Civil War constitutional amendments on race, sex and citizenship.
Several states, including Wisconsin, have sought to pass Voter ID bills and other changes to the electoral process that critics say would undermine democracy. That's why Pocan and Ellison are introducing a resolution in Congress to guarantee the right to vote. Says Pocan:
"I know some will say this amendment may be unrealistic-a constitutional amendment is too hard to achieve. But these critics are shortsighted."