U.S. Supreme Court likely to weigh in on disenfranchisement of territories
As usual on controversial American national issues, the citizens of U.S. territories had absolutely no say in the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the high court, though the decisions that he and his fellow justices render will likely affect their lives for decades to come.
Neil Weare, President and founder of Equally American, a non-profit organization that advocates for equality and civil rights for the nearly 4 million Americans who live in U.S. territories, explained the significance of that action.
“The issue of disenfranchisement in U.S. territories is especially timely as the U.S. Senate considers whether to confirm President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court. [Kavanaugh has now been confirmed by a 50-48 vote of the Senate]. Residents of U.S. territories are the only Americans who cannot vote for President and lack any representation in the U.S. Senate, meaning they are denied any political voice in the nomination or confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice.”
Equally American and other advocates for territorial enfranchisement are arguing for the plaintiff and Guam resident Luis Segovia in a case,