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. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) released the following statement regarding the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act:
“Today, on the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act, we are reminded of how paramount its passage was to the fight for equal access to the ballot box. However, 50 years later, we are still fighting to protect the right to vote against Republicans in this state who wish to disenfranchise voters by curbing early voting hours, limiting registration periods and establishing unnecessary voter ID laws. Progress has been made these last 50 years, but the fight must continue.”