[W]hen it comes to voting, a person does not have such a fundamental right. They have a State right. A State right is not a citizenship right, but a right defined and protected by each State and limited to each State.
108 of the 119 nations in the world that elect their public officials in some democratic manner have the right to vote in their Constitution, including the Afghan Constitution and the interim document in Iraq. The United States is one of eleven nations that does not have an affirmative right to vote in the Constitution. Should we not be the 108th nation that does just that?
We need to provide the American people with the citizenship right to vote and provide Congress with the authority to craft a unitary system from Maine to California so we do not have so many separate and unequal systems. Mr. Speaker, it is the foundation upon which we build a more perfect Union amongst the States.
This is why I could never figure out how no-voting-felons laws could apply to a federal election and not just at the state level. I did sort of understand how this affected the 2000 elections but hadn’t really thought of the summation as there is no constitutionally protected right to vote.
I even stumbled on Jackson’s draft legislation: HJR 28.