Friday, April 14, 2017

Territorial Voting Rights Brief Filed in Seventh Circuit

Plaintiffs from Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico filed their opening Brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit challenging Discriminatory Overseas Voting Laws and making the Case that where you live shouldn’t impact your Right to Vote for President.

The Brief comes just days after the Harvard Law Review published a Special Feature, “Developments in the Law: U.S. Territories,” addressing the Unequal Status facing the over 4 million Citizens who live in the Territories.

Some Legal issues facing Residents of U.S. Territories:

“Introduction”: Presents an overview of the Inequality and Second-Class Constitutional status facing the more than 4 million Residents of U.S. Territories.

“Territorial Federalism”: Argues for heightened Judicial scrutiny of Laws impacting Territorial Residents based on their Disenfranchisement from the Political process, one of the issues on Appeal in Segovia.

“The International Place of Puerto Rico”: Examines the Gap between Democratic commitments the United States has made to the United Nations and continued Disenfranchisement today, arguing that Puerto Rico should be Relisted as a “Non-Self-Governing Territory.”

“American Samoa and the Citizenship Clause: A Study in Insular Cases Revisionism”: Reviews Tuaua v. United States, another Case litigated by We the People Project, and the D.C. Circuit’s expanded application of the Insular Cases to deny Recognition of Birthright Citizenship in U.S. Territories.

“Guam and the Case for Federal Deference”: Argues that Federal Courts should defer to Territorial High Courts on matters of purely Local concern.

CLICK HERE for more information about this issue.

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