Nearly 5 million Americans are disenfranchised simply because of where they live. More Americans live in the five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands) and the District of Columbia than live in the six smallest states combined. In fact, the population of the territories and DC together is larger than half the states.
The American principle of government by consent is incompatible with continuing to deny federal representation to the nearly 5 million Americans living in the territories and DC.
The right to vote is a bedrock of America’s constitutional and democratic values. The Constitution has been amended six times to expand the right to vote, eliminating discrimination on account of race (15th), providing for the direct election of Senators (17th), guaranteeing women the right to vote (19th), providing residents of DC the right to vote for President (23rd), eliminating poll taxes (24th), and lowering the voting age to 18 (26th). Even Americans living in foreign countries have their right to vote in federal elections guaranteed by statute.
Thousands of Americans from the territories and DC defend democracy abroad through military service while being denied full participation in democracy at home. A soldier serving from the territories (like the ones from Guam pictured above) cannot vote for the Commander-in-Chief that leads the Armed Forces. Those in the territories or DC lack voting representation in the Congress that has the power to declare war.
Working together, we can bring an end to the disenfranchisement of Americans in the territories and DC.
- Tell us what you think about Americans in the territories and DC being disenfranchised and treated as second-class citizens.
- Sign a pledge of support for ending the second-class status of Americans living in the territories and DC.
- Make a donation now to help us guarantee representation for all Americans. Your contribution will help achieve representation for nearly 5 million Americans.
- Volunteer to help with efforts in your community to guarantee federal representation for all Americans.