In a #CookvTait world of “Taxation Based Citizenship”, should the right to vote depend ONLY on whether one files taxes?

In the finest of American traditions and mythology:

The summary statement of the Samuel Adams instructions, written to the representatives of the Massachusetts House, approved May 24, 1764:

“If Taxes are laid upon us in any shape without our having a legal Representation where they are laid, are we not reduced from the Character of free Subjects to the miserable State of tributary Slaves?”

But yet,

Never resided in the U.S.? As of this writing, 37 states* allow U.S. citizens, 18 years or older, who were born abroad, but have never resided in the United States to be eligible to vote absentee. Voting address in the United States will be the last U.S. residence of a U.S. citizen parent. States vary in their voter registration identification requirements, however, most commonly you can use either: 1) the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number (SSN); or 2) a valid state driver’s license.

*Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Colombia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington (State), West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Voting may or may not be based on citizenship …

For example:

  1. The Government of Canada has tried to prevent certain Canadian citizens from voting if they live outside of Canada.
  2. An issue in certain Municipal Elections (example Toronto) has been whether non-citizens should have the right to vote.

What does citizenship have to do with it anyway?

It appears to be neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for voting.

The question …

Given that there is NO PRESUMPTIVE connection between citizenship and voting rights, perhaps the United States should consider/reconsider what the right to vote should be based on. We know that U.S. citizenship is about and ONLY about taxation. That’s why U.S. citizenship is properly understood to be:

“Taxation Based Citizenship”

Should the right to vote in the United States be based on whether you file and pay U.S. taxes?

Two polls – Two different questions

Poll 1 – Filing U.S. taxes as a NECESSARY condition for voting

Poll 2 – Filing U.S. taxes as a SUFFICIENT condition for voting

 

 

 

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