Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today responded to Governor Kasich’s veto of Senate Bill 296:

“I am pleased that the governor heeded the call from Democratic lawmakers and voters across the state to veto this modern-day poll tax. As we have witnessed here in Hamilton County time and again, it is critically important that citizens and officials be able to respond to emergencies and ensure voters are able to exercise their fundamental right to vote,” said Reece. “Both the recent court rulings on Ohio’s unconstitutional voting restrictions and the governor’s action today highlight how disconnected the majority’s legislative priorities are from reality. Instead of throwing up roadblock after roadblock to voting, we need action to permanently protect every Ohioan’s right to the ballot box.” 

Reece is a long-time voting rights advocate and spoke at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

She also leads the ongoing push for a Voter Bill of Rights, a grassroots effort to amend the state constitution to protect all Ohioans’ right to vote. The Voter Bill of Rights would amend the state constitution to define the right to vote as a fundamental right, establish early voting dates and times, allow the legislature to prescribe proper training and staffing for polling locations, create an online voter registration system, protect against voter ID requirements and voter registration tests, and include safeguards that ensure provisional ballots are counted.

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