The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday is Election Day. Article I, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution says: “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.”
According to the National Constitution Center, the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution adds to the protection of the right to vote by banning states from putting extra burdens on the right to vote.
When a law specifies that a person must satisfy certain requirements or follow certain procedures in order to vote, a court must determine whether it is a reasonable regulation of the electoral process under the Elections Clause, or instead undermines the right to vote. Laws requiring people to register to vote in advance of elections or mandating that they vote at their assigned polling places are exactly the types of restrictions that the Elections Clause permits.
Tomorrow is Election Day across the nation. Early voting has been happening in most states for several weeks. No one knows for sure who will win the election, but lots of polls say that Republicans will take control of the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, Real Clear Politics projected yesterday that Republicans will take 54 seats in the U.S. Senate. Plus, many of the governor races.
Some races, like the Alaska campaign for U.S. Senate has Republican Kelly Tshibaka in a tight race against incumbent and Republican in Name Only (RINO) Lisa Murkowski. I hope Alaskans will come out and vote for Tshibaka. It is time to retire Murkowski who was appointed to the Senate seat by her father, nearly elected Governor Frank Murkowski, to his recently empty Senate seat. She votes with Democrats more than Republicans and should be ashamed of her record. She voted for laws that were not in the best interest of Alaskans. It is time to retire her!
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