Amendment

We the People Project is working with leaders in U.S. territories and the District of Columbia on a new constitutional amendment that builds on the 23rd Amendment (presidential voting rights in DC) to end political disenfranchisement based on where you live in the United States.  Read the full proposal: Equally American: Amending the Constitution to Provide Voting Rights in US. Territories and the District of Columbia.

In short, the amendment would provide:

  •  Presidential electors for U.S. territories equal to the number of House Representatives they would have if they were a state (5 for Puerto Rico, 1 each for Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands).
  • Proportional voting representation in the U.S. House of Representatives (5 for Puerto Rico, 1 each for Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands).
  •  One U.S. Senator to represent the territories together; one U.S. Senator to represent the District of Columbia

Draft language below:

 Proposed Federal Voting Rights Amendment

Section 1. When the Number of Persons in a Territory of the United States shall exceed thirty Thousand inhabitants, that Territory shall appoint in such manner as Congress may direct:

A number of electors of President and Vice President equal to the whole number of Representatives to the United States House of Representatives to which it would be entitled if it were a State; they shall be in addition to those appointed by the States, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of the election of President and Vice President, to be electors appointed by a state; and they shall meet in the Territory in which they were appointed and perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of amendment.  

For purposes of choosing a President should no candidate for President receive a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, the District constituting the seat of government of the United States together with the Territories of the United States shall be treated as though they were a State. 

Section 2.  For purposes of representation in the United States House of Representatives, the District constituting the seat of government of the United States and, separately, each Territory of the United States with a population of thirty Thousand inhabitants, shall be treated as though it was a State. 

Section 3.  For purposes of representation in the United States Senate, the District constituting the seat of government of the United States and, considered together, the Territories of the United States, shall each be entitled to one Senator, who shall have the same rights, duties and qualifications as Senators elected by a State. 

Section 4.  For purposes of Article V of the Constitution, the District constituting the seat of government of the United States together with the Territories of the United States shall be treated as though they were a State. 

Section 5.  The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

 

 

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commented 2016-08-29 11:32:20 -0400 · Flag
Until full and equal representation is achieved, I suggest DC should stand for Decline Cooperation.