The Dignity Problem of American Election Integrity


This Article argues that these positions about the right to vote may also be framed as concerns about the dignity of citizens (and of institutions) within the political process. Dignity as a philosophical and jurisprudential concept is an admittedly amorphous idea. Dignity may mean many things, yet its subjectivity is often the result of applying a broad idea—that there is intrinsic worth in the human and that such intrinsic human worth ought to be represented in the way that humans treat each other. While this concept is applicable in a number of interpersonal contexts (particularly, the contexts which speak to human rights), this paper will seek to explore it specifically within the concept of the right to vote. That is, when it comes to the right to vote, there is–or should be–a conception of dignity that underlies the ways the process is questions, including the aforementioned contemporary controversies.


Right to vote, Dignity

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62 Howard Law Journal 739 (2019)


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