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The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition filed by Guam veteran Luis Segovia. He along with other American citizens living in Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were seeking an answer as to whether it is constitutional to deny absentee voting rights in these territories while allowing citizens living in other U.S. territories or even a foreign country to continue being able to vote for President and voting representation in Congress.

The petition for certiorari was filed by their attorney former Guam resident Neil Weare. He is also the president 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.

“Last week, nearly 4 million disenfranchised Americans living in U.S. territories could only watch from the sidelines as a new Supreme Court Justice was confirmed to the Court. Today, that same Court denied review of our lawsuit seeking to expand voting rights in U.S. territories. This timing paints in stark relief the undemocratic nature of justice for Americans in the territories – 98% of whom are racial or ethnic minorities,” said Weare.

Weare continued: “Absent full enjoyment of the right to vote, Americans in the territories are too easily ignored by all three branches of the federal government. That’s why if we are to bring an end to this second class citizenship it is more important than ever that we raise the voices of not just the nearly 4 million citizens living in U.S. territories but also the over 5 million strong territorial diaspora who do enjoy the right to vote. Our voices must become so strong that we can no longer be ignored.”

“In the coming weeks and months, Equally American will be considering next steps for expanding voting rights in U.S. territories. As we do that, we’d like to hear from you,” Weare said. “If you live in a U.S. territory and would like to be able to vote for President in 2020, please take our Right to Vote survey.”

The survey is available at http://www.equalrightsnow.org/right_to_vote_survey.

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