We should have a vote for President

Oct 15, 2017

Living in a democracy means we should all be able to vote for President. And a few residents of the Marianas, who were previously registered to vote in a U.S. state, are already allowed to do so under provisions of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).

Now, the Trump administration proposes to take away that right to vote from people I represent. I am vehemently opposed—and not alone. Both the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee have called for equal rights of citizenship for those of us living in U.S. “territories.”

As Election Commissioner, I always encouraged citizens eligible under UOCAVA to vote for President. And I believe the vote is a right of citizenship that needs to be expanded to all Americans—not stripped away.