When Fascists like Keith Gill or Paul Weyrich argue that people are unimportant or that they don’t want everyone to vote, this is by design as they know their leverage in elections go up as the voting populace goes down.
The Supreme Court just heard argument in a case characterized as “one person one vote” challenge.
According to the New York Times,
The case basic question in the case, Evenwel v. Abbott, No. 14-940, is who must be counted in drawing voting districts: all residents or just eligible voters?
he case basic question in the case, Evenwel v. Abbott, No. 14-940, is who must be counted in drawing voting districts: all residents or just eligible voters?
The difference matters, because people who are not eligible to vote — children, immigrants here legally who are not citizens, unauthorized immigrants, people disenfranchised for committing felonies, prisoners — are not spread evenly across the country. With the exception of prisoners, they tend to be concentrated in urban areas.
Their presence amplifies the voting power of people eligible to vote in urban areas, usually helping Democrats. Rural areas that lean Republican, by contrast, usually have higher percentages of residents eligible to vote.
The Constitution is clear on the issue.
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.
Free person. IE not felons who have lost their right to vote.
And including endentured servants.
Slaves, which only counted as 3/5th of a person, counted because the rural south needed additional population counted in the census to have a decent amount of representation in the House of Representatives.
Of course, once those “slaves” are free, and can vote their conscious, this becomes a problem for the racists and fascists that want to maintain control at all costs.
Endenturing is now illegal, however a green card with sponsorship by a corporation is the modern equivalence of endentured service to my thinking.
And they only maintain their green card while they remain in the employers good graces, barring committing a serious crime worthy of revoking green card residence.
Sadly some people seem to believe corporations an do whatever they want to consumers without fear of offending civil rights.
Corporations can’t, states can’t, people can’t. No one can. This is America. Land of the free.