Some major changes here in citizenship, and giving the Federal government direct jurisdiction over Federal elections. This may or may not be a good idea…let me know what you think?
Article 2: Citizenship and Voting
Section 2.1: Citizenship
Nothing in this section may be amended by the process in Section 1.3.
There are two types of citizens, native-born and naturalized. Only a native-born citizen is eligible for the offices of President and Vice-President. Otherwise, there is no difference between them.
A native-born citizen is one who is native-born when this Constitution is adopted, or one who is born to citizens of the United States anywhere in the world. A naturalized citizen is one who is naturalized when this Constitution is adopted, or one who becomes naturalized afterwards. Children who are born to parents while the parents are actively undergoing the naturalization process become native-born citizens when their parents become naturalized citizens. /* Fairly large change here. It is no longer sufficient to be born in the US to be a native-born citizen. You must be born to those who hold citizenship, or those actively trying to become citizens. */
Paragraph 2.1.3: Multiple citizenships
No multiple citizenship is allowed. Anyone with multiple citizenship who is at least eighteen has one year from ratification of this Constitution to renounce any other citizenships, or they will have their United States citizenship stripped from them. Anyone not yet eighteen has until and including their nineteenth birthday to renounce their other citizenships.
Section 2.2: Voting
/* This is a vast increase in Federal power so that the question of federal election practices are uniform across states. Not least of which because several Democratic states want to allow non-citizens to vote in state elections. This allows them to have that for State elections, but does not impact Federal elections at all. */
Paragraph 2.2.1: Franchise
Every citizen of the United States who is at least 18 years old is eligible to vote in Federal elections, unless the citizen has been convicted of a felony and not had the right to vote restored. Federal Elections are those for President, Vice President, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, or a referendum on any Federal issue such as a Constitutional Amendment or Constitutional Convention.
Paragraph 2.2.2: Identification
A citizen who wishes to vote in a Federal election must present Federally-issued ID to establish identity, and then a government-issued ID to verify residence, and then may vote.
Paragraph 2.2.3: Ballots
Ballots may be prepared in any manner required by law, but must have a physical copy to cast and be counted. This paragraph may not be amended by the process in 1.3.
Paragraph 2.2.4: Reporting
No results in any election may be released until all the polls for that election have closed. /* Translation: Don’t say how East-coast states vote for President before Hawaii’s polls close. Or, for the states in multiple time zones, don’t say how Senatorial elections are going before the polls close. Do not influence voters that way. Once polls close, then voters cannot be influenced, so go ahead. */
Voting shall be on the Tuesday in the range of November 2 through November 8, or on whatever other day is decided by federal law. /* Yes, the Constitution can say that certain parts can be amended simply by passing a law. After all, the current one does. */