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National Election Rights for the People of Guam

In Wesberry v. Sanders, 376 U.S. 1, 17 (1964) the Supreme Court held that “[n]o right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under which, as good citizens, we must live. Other rights, even the most basic, are illusory if the right to vote is undermined.”

The Guam Electorate is not allowed to effectuate the vote for the President of the United States of America (Guam is not included in the U.S. Electoral College) and its elected U.S. Congressional Representative cannot for vote in Congress. Therefore, this also means that Guam has no institutional means to influence the choosing of members of the United States Supreme Court. This, in essence, means that the laws that override Guam’s local laws are determined by electorates outside of Guam. By definition, the People of Guam are not included in the American Nation.

The Constitution of the United States of America establishes that

Local Election Rights for the People of Guam

Meanwhile, in Guam, local laws are the product of a very lively participative democratic political process.