Papers, Reports and Speeches


The Missing Right: A Constitutional Right to Vote, by Jonathan Soros and Mark Schmitt, outlines the reasons that enshrining the right to vote in the Constitution would help resolve most voting rights matters in favor of voters. (Democaracy, Spring 2013)

Time for a 'Right to Vote' Constitutional Amendment, by John Nichols, profiles Representative Keith Ellison and Representative Mark Pocan in their pursuit of a constitutionally guaranteed right to vote. (The Nation, March 2013)


Text of Speeches:

Reverend Jesse Jackson addresses the NAACP Convention in Philadelphia, PA July 14, 2004

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. presents a position paper on the need for a Congressional Right to Vote at FairVote's "Claim Democracy" conference, November 2003.


Academic Papers on the Right to Vote:

The International Status of the Right to Vote,  by Alexander Kirshner, provides an overview of the right to vote in countries around the world and how laws are interpreted

The political and organizational dynamics of constitutional suffrage movements in U.S. history: The experience behind the 15th, 19th, 23rd, 24th and 26th amendments, by Alex Keyssar, Kennedy School of Government 

Election Reform and the Right to Vote, by Anita S. Earls, Director of Advocacy, UNC Center For Civil Rights, explains the limits of HAVA and what Congress can do to establish a right to vote.

A Right To Vote Amendment To The Constitution: Confronting America's Structural Democracy Deficit, by Jamin Raskin, Professor of Law, American University, Washington College of Law - Includes a discussion of the impact of states constitutional provisions of the right to vote; impact of different formulations of the right-to-vote amendment; and whether a right to vote vote amendment might provide a legal means to pursue reforms such as election day registration.

A legislative and national political strategy for a right-to-vote amendment during the 2004 presidential election and beyond, by Steve Cobble, Institute for Policy Studies

The Constitutional Right to Vote, by Ron Walters calls for a right to vote amendment by detailing the problems that minorities faced in the last election.

Why Americans Need a Constitutional Right to Vote for Presidential Electors, by Demetrios James Caraley discusses the legal implications of a system that does not constitutionally guarantee the right to vote.

Audio of Speeches:

Speeches given at the Right to Vote Forum in Boston, MA July 26, 2004

Robert Richie, Executive Director, FairVote
Kim Gandy, President, National Organization of Women
Jesse Jackson Jr., Congressman (D-IL)


In Pursuit of an Affirmative Right to Vote (July 2008) is an analysis by the Advancement Project on the importance of enshrining the right to vote in the U.S. Constitution.

A Historical Perspective: The Injustice of the Poll Tax and Why it Took a Constitutional Amendment