A Quick Look at Territorial Disenfranchisement
4 Million American citizens can't vote because they live in the wrong place.
Equally American's mission is simple: equality and civil rights for all Americans, wherever you live. American citizens should not be treated as second-class citizens simply based on where they happen to live.
Equally American uses groundbreaking impact litigation and innovative grass roots organizing to overcome historic obstacles to change.
The second-class status of Americans in the territories violates our most basic democratic and constitutional principles. Representation and the right to vote should not depend on where you live in the United States. And contrary to the Supreme Court’s controversial and outdated decisions in the Insular Cases, which established a doctrine of “separate and unequal” status for Americans in the territories, Congress should not have the power to turn constitutional rights on and off in U.S. territories.
Equally American offers a new vision and strategy that frames its advocacy around the simple idea that our core rights as Americans should not be based on where we live in the United States. Whether one lives in a state or territory, our basic rights as citizens should be the same. By bringing together the voices of the nearly 4 million Americans who live in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, our goal is to start a new conversation that will elevate these issues to the national level and open the door to new possibilities.