Washington, D.C. – In a move that appears to be superfluous, House Democrats Mark Pocan and Keith Ellison will push for a constitutional amendment to guarantee every citizen has a right to vote. At issue is the political left is upset with the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder that struck down portions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Key aspects of the law placed the requirement on southern states with a history of voter suppression via Jim Crow laws have any changes in their voting laws vetted by the Justice Department. The high court argued that the states in question had made demonstrable progress since 1965 making the restrictions unnecessary.
The political left was displeased with the ruling. I was confused at first about this but my friend Gianfrancesco Genoso is a lawyer so was able to clarify it for me.
The proof of identification is designed to keep illegal aliens from casting ballots. However, the Rev. Jesse Jackson believes the measures are akin to Jim Crow laws. Jackson counters that the right to own a gun is enshrined in the constitution, but not the right to vote. In the past, Jackson has been critical of the US constitution because its enumerated rights limit the reach of the federal government. He stated that progress can only be obtained inasmuch as the nation can move past the limitations of “enumerated rights” for government.