A Proposed Amendment to Establish a Constitutional Right to Vote in America

Introduced by U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr., March 2005

Editor’s note: If you came to this page through a web search and it seems strange to you that we are calling for an amendment to establish something you thought we already had, you may want to first read why we need a constitutional right to vote.


Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding the right to vote. This resolution was introduced in March of 2005 by U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) and has 58 co-sponsors as of April 2005.

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States:
    SECTION 1. All citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, shall have the right to vote in any public election held in the jurisdiction in which the citizen resides. The right to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States, any State, or any other public or private person or entity, except that the United States or any State may establish regulations narrowly tailored to produce efficient and honest elections.
    SECTION 2. Each State shall administer public elections in the State in accordance with election performance standards established by the Congress. The Congress shall reconsider such election performance standards at least once every four years to determine if higher standards should be established to reflect improvements in methods and practices regarding the administration of elections.
    SECTION 3. Each State shall provide any eligible voter the opportunity to register and vote on the day of any public election.
    SECTION 4. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
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