On what basis do you justify removing the constitutional right of our soldiers around the world to vote?
Really? I said that?
What I actually said was:
no absentee or early voting. If you want to vote, show up at the polls on election day."
Not no absentee voting. Just pretty much no or very limited absentee voting.
We have that policy here and it works pretty well. The only ones who can vote absentee, as a group, are military serving outside PR and students studying outside PR. I am fine with that. Others can, in theory, get absentee ballots on a case by case basis but in practice it is difficult.
I looked into it couple elections ago when I was going to be in Chicago on election day. I wound up not even trying. Maybe I should have voted in Chicago. They don't seem too fussy who votes.
As for early voting, we do have some provisions for early voting by police, election workers, medical personnel and others who need to be working during the election. But early voting in this case is about 12 hours before regular voting. There are also special provisions made for those incarcerated (we let our felons vote), hospitalized or otherwise unable to get to the polls.
It works out very well for us. We have very high registration and turnout and, in the 40 years I have been here not even jokes about election fraud.
Galoot wrote: I live in Brazil, but I'm a U.S. citizen, and I have the right to vote according to the U.S. Constitution.
really? You cast a US federal ballot?
Not a state ballot?
How does that work? Can I get in on that?
All of your voting rights come from whatever state you are citizen/resident of, not from the federal government.
Our citizenship status here in PR is the same as yours (I assume you were born in the US). It is identical to anyone born in the upper 50. So where do we go to vote for President?
Every 5-10 years someone takes a case to the Federal courts demanding their "right" to vote. Every time the case is thrown out. There is no federal right to vote, only state rights.
"The constitutional claim is readily answered. Voting for President and Vice President of the United States is governed neither by rhetoric nor intuitive values but by a provision of the Constitution. This provision does not confer the franchise on "U.S. citizens" but on "Electors" who are to be "appoint[ed]" by each "State," in "such Manner" as the state legislature may direct, equal to the number of Senators and Representatives to whom the state is entitled. U.S. Const. art. II, § 1, cl. 2; see also id. amend. XII. (emph added-JRH)
http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F ... -2186.html
That the franchise for choosing electors is confined to "states" cannot be "unconstitutional" because it is what the Constitution itself provides. Hence it does no good to stress how important is "the right to vote" for President.
If I live in one of the 50 states, I get voting rights as a citizen of that state. If I move out of the state temporarily, I can generally keep my state voting rights. If I move out permanently, I lose my state voting rights. (Your mileage may vary state to state but I believe the above is generally true)
You say you live in Brazil. Is that a temporary thing? Do you plan to come back to the US anytime soon? If not, I would say that by not being a resident and citizen of (your voting state name here) you are committing moral, if not legal fraud.
I was stationed in PR in 72 and voted a Virginia absentee ballot (McGovern). As soon as I switched my legal residence to PR, I had to give up my Virginia voting rights.
Galoot wrote:But according to John Falardo Henry, that just won't do, my vote has to be taken away just because I don't happen to be in the United States (and territories) on election day.
Actually, if you are a resident/citizen of one of the territories (or PR) you don't get to vote in any federal elections either.
Read the Constitution. Here is a link:http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html