The U.S. Virgin Islands and two constitutional law scholars have filed briefs in support of a voting rights case filed by Guam resident Luis Segovia, a member of the Guam Army National Guard, which has now reached the Supreme Court. The case could decide whether 4 million Americans living in U.S. territories can vote in presidential elections. Segovia, who previously lived in Illinois and served in the state’s National Guard, has served two deployments to Afghanistan and provided security during the 2005 Iraqi elections.
According to the U.S. Virgin Islands brief, the lower courts’ decisions “perpetuate a second-class treatment of U.S. citizens who reside in the territories that is incompatible with the Constitution.”
Justin Weinstein Tull, one of two constitutional scholars who expressed support for Segovia’s case, said in his brief, “The Supreme Court should make clear that making states solely responsible for fixing discriminatory federal laws is incompatible with the principles of federalism enshrined in the Constitution.”