Grant ALL American Citizens the Right to Vote
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It is remarkable how throughout history, the United States of America has changed and developed, granting more rights and liberties to individuals as time has progressed. As we have took enormous leaps toward the equality and freedom of all people, including African Americans' suffrage in 1870 and women's suffrage in 1920, America has truly become a nation for the people.
Or so we believe.
Unfortunately, this does not happen to be the case. There are still fully aged American citizens living on American soil that still don't have the right to vote. These are the inhabitants of the U.S. territories.
As many people may not be aware of, there are currently five inhabited United States territories- all of which do not have all of the constitutional rights applied to them. John Oliver describes this perfectly, and if you have a few minutes, I suggest you check out his video embedded above.
As you may know, the five territories mentioned earlier include Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. These are all places that were annexed by the U.S. but do not have the same rights as U.S. citizens living on the mainland. These people are unequivocally facing nearly the same injustices that the original 13 colonies faced during the British colonialism. No liberty.
Now of course, multiple referendums have been held in the largest territory, Puerto Rico. However, despite the majority of people voting for statehood in 2012, nothing has come as a result. Therefore, Puerto Rico's status as a non-voting, single "useless"(not able to vote) representative territory still stands today.
How do we solve the problem? It may be simpler than statehood.
For example, all of the inhabited territories mentioned above have one thing in common. This is that they are all considered unincorporated territories, meaning that the full extent of the U.S. constitution does not apply to them. How do we solve this? We must urge congress to move these very Americanized(yet injustice ridden) territories into the incorporated category.
Of course, this is not a simple issue, but with time and your support, we may be able to achieve our goal.
Now, we stand together, with all of the people who are seen as less under the United States law, to relinquish the unreasonable and outdated laws of the past- only to create a better and more equal future.
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