As citizens of a democracy, Americans don’t just have the privilege of voting for elected officials—it’s a right granted to us as soon as we turn eighteen. Well, not all of us.
Next week the Iowa caucuses will kick off the race to the White House and set the stage for 2016, but millions of American still don’t know if they will be able to participate in election season. Recently, some states have enacted stricter voting laws that include tougher ID requirements and cutbacks to early voting that have made it challenging or altogether impossible for citizens to cast their ballot. And if you’re an American living in U.S. territories like Guam, the Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico, voting in federal elections is completely out of the question.
This hardly seems American.