The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Millions Can’t Vote

Jun 20, 2022

Again and again, Trump and the Republicans have claimed that people who are not eligible have been voting. In fact, every investigation has found those claims to be false. But they highlight that huge numbers of people living and working in this country lack the right to vote. And in fact, neither party actually proposes to give everyone here the same legal rights, including the right to vote.

There are about 13 million legal residents in this country, who are not citizens and thus cannot vote, even when they have been here for decades. Then there are about 11 million undocumented people living in the U.S. Add to that about 5.2 million people as of the 2020 election who could not vote because of a felony conviction. Not to mention over 3 million people who live in Puerto Rico and the other U.S. “territories” like Guam and Samoa who can’t vote for president, and don’t have voting members of Congress.

These millions of non-voters still pay all kinds of taxes—anyone heard of “taxation without representation?”

The vast majority are workers, part of our class. Keeping them from voting is just one of the many ways this so-called democracy makes sure the workers’ voice is not heard.