2005 N.J. Law. 44 (2005)
Right to Vote and Be Counted: A Liberty at Risk, The

handle is hein.barjournals/nwjrylr0049 and id is 106 raw text is: The Right to Vote and Be Counted: A Liberty at Risk
by Angelo J. Genova and Rebecca Moll Freed
Voting is a fundamental right-
a liberty that generations of
Americans fought to obtain; a
liberty that is now at risk
because recent events have
shaken voter confidence in our
electoral system.
T             he 2000 presidential election left
many voters wondering whether
their votes would make a differ-
ence, or even be counted. Confi-
dence in the system began to
deteriorate. Although our electoral
system was flawed long before the 2000 presidential
election, voter confidence seems to be at an all time
low. We must now look to the law to determine
what legal changes need to be made to increase
voter turnout, increase voter confidence and
increase the probability that each and every legal
vote will be counted.
The Right to Vote and Be Counted
Abraham Lincoln best described democracy as
government of the people, by the people, and for
the people. For our government to truly embrace
this concept, the people must vote and have their
votes counted. Although the right to vote has
evolved over the course of American history-with
the gradual expansion of the right from a ballot
limited to white, male property owners to a univer-
sal franchise for nearly everyone over the age of
18-we are still struggling to create a system where
every vote counts.
The right to vote is a fundamental constitution-
al right guaranteed under both the New Jersey and

44     NEW JERSEY LAWYER I April 2005

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