Democratic legislators in both the House and Senate today announced resolutions commemorating the 50th anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act. Passed in 1965 and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Voting Rights Act was a historic piece of civil rights legislation that guaranteed all Americans – regardless of race – the constitutional right to vote without unfair barriers. The honorary resolutions will be introduced by Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) in the House and Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) in the Senate.
Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) released the following statement regarding the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act:
“Voting in America is a fundamental right and should be treated as such by policymakers. Democracy works best when the citizen stakeholder level is at its greatest and everyone's voice is equal. The politician that does not respect voter access should not be respected by the voters.”