Lose your House, Lose Your Vote?
by architek, Tue Sep 16, 2008 at 12:47:31 PM EDT
A news article I just saw about the GOP in Michigan planning to challenge the votes of people who have been evicted from their homes made me think.
Lose your house, lose your vote
Is our right to vote contingent on our having a physical address?
Banks are taking many people's homes. Millions of others lose theirs because of a family member's unplanned illnesses and medical costs. Millions of others are losing jobs. Others are being displaced as gas prices make cites much more desirable places to live and their apartments are converted to condos. Often, there is noplace for them to go that they can afford, although they often still have jobs.
People may live out of their cars for a while, or may stay with friends, moving from one to another.
Many, especially unionized workers may have pension issues. They must try to keep their jobs and potential pensions where they used to live. Most hope to have a home again, someday. They remain registered to vote, although they may not still have homes. Similar things happened in the 1930s.
In the case of large scale displacements and evictions, in which people are made homeless, does simply forcing people out of their homes make them ineligible to vote?
They are still human.
With large scale displacements going on in many US cities as the result of gentrification and condo conversions, this is an important question.