The Higher Ground Moral Declaration

ON DEMOCRACY AND VOTING RIGHTS

Moral and Constitutional Foundation

Constitution of the United States, Article 4.  The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican [representative] Form of Government . . .

15th Amendment.  The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Questions for Candidates

The Voting Rights Act (VRA) is widely considered to be the most important achievement of the civil rights movement, yet in recent years it has been gutted by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Do you support the immediate restoration of the preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Advancement Act that was struck down by the Court, including a revised preclearance formula that would protect against contemporary voter suppression efforts?

Laws that create photo ID requirements and that roll back early voting and other measures to make the right to vote more accessible suppress individuals’ right to vote, especially youth, minorities, women, and the elderly.  Do you oppose and support the repeal of such laws?

The 2010 Citizens United decision has enhanced the role of corporate money in elections, thereby distorting our representative democracy.  Do you support legislation to overturn the Citizens United decision?

Racial and partisan gerrymandering do not allow racial minorities to elect candidates of their choice.  Moreover, it turns democracy on its heard by allowing election officials to select their voters instead of the reverse.  Do you support ending race- and partisan-based gerrymandering of voting districts?

We believe Voting Rights is a moral issue. Do you? If not, please explain why.