States have reduced access to voting by various means over the years. Such laws seek to disenfranchise based on poverty, sex, or race. Some states require photo ID before a citizen may vote. Others reduce the number of voting places in low income areas. Convicted criminals are routinely denied the right to vote.
The fundamental right to vote needs to be spelled out in the constitution once and for all to insure nobody is ever denied the right to vote.
Also, in recent history, companies, corporations, and the very wealthy have sought to influence elections in ways that reduce effectiveness of the individual vote. Although corporations are people, they are not voting citizens and so should have no right to influence elections. Also the wealthy citizen can unfairly influence an elections more than a poor citizen can. Such behavior is unfair and should be discouraged.
In support of these ends I propose a constitutional amendment something like the following:
- Section 1. No Citizen shall be denied the right to vote, except for reason of too young an age.
- Section 2. Only a Citizen may vote and only a Citizen may influence an election. Non-citizens are barred by law from influencing any election.
- Section 3. Individual wealth shall not unfairly influence any election.
- Section 4. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.