The Washington Post:
As the governor of the U.S. territory of Guam, I have spent a lot of time thinking about voting rights on my island — and particularly the rights for Guamanian veterans.
Guam is an American stronghold in the western Pacific and the “tip of the spear” in safeguarding our national security. Our people are among the most patriotic of Americans. One in every eight Guamanians has served in the U.S. armed forces. So many of Guam’s veterans laid down their lives, and thousands more fought and bled on foreign shores in the service of America’s noblest ideal — the defense of democracy. Yet, despite this, not one of these U.S. citizens can participate in the democratic process with a vote for president, nor have a voting representative in Congress.
With this disenfranchisement, is it any wonder, then, that many Guamanians would feel discouraged from voting in the midterms? This is why we need equal rights of citizenship — including voting rights — for all. — Eddie Calvo, governor of Guam
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