Republicans in the Old Confederacy have had free reign to suppress the vote of millions of their own citizens. That needs to stop, and Congress should get its act together right now and fix the Voting Rights Act. But we need to go farther than that. Today’s war on voting isn’t just based in the South; it’s national. That’s why it’s time to enshrine an affirmative right to vote in the Constitution, right along with the right to free speech, the right to due process, and the right to equal protection under the law. The beating heart of democracy is in grave danger; let’s keep it safe from those who would wish to destroy it. Let’s make voting a constitutional right.

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Thom is a four-time Project Censored-award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. His national daily progressive radio talk show is distributed to radio stations nationwide by Westwood One, Pacifica, and Free Speech TV. More people listen daily to the Thom Hartmann Program than any other progressive talk show in the nation.