COLUMBUS—Acting House Minority Leader Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) issued the following statement prior to the one year anniversary of the attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol:
“In 2020, Americans came together during a pandemic and voted safely in record numbers, and most of us recognize the importance of accepting the election result. January 6, 2021 was a dark moment in our nation’s history, and those who attack and undermine our democracy didn’t stop after that day. The insurrectionists and their supporters have continued to make threats and promote the Big Lie in a cynical attempt to divide us and erode our freedom to vote. We can and must unite to deliver on the promise of democracy for all, and we are committed to never letting a tragic event like January 6 happen again.
“We honor the Capitol Police and all of the first responders who protected our nation's citadel of democracy that day. We mourn the lives lost and extend our deepest wish for healing to those traumatized by the attack.”
Since the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Republicans have introduced more than 400 anti-voter bills in 49 states, including Ohio. In May 2021, House Republicans introduced the Ohio Anti-Voter Bill, which would enact new deliberate barriers to voting. Business owners, church leaders, civic organizations, advocacy groups and everyday Ohioans have spoken out against the Ohio Ani-Voter Bill, emphasizing the importance of ensuring that Ohio’s elections are free and fair.