Rep. Alicia Reece Disappointed With Husted's Decision To Cut Early Voting
Decision will likely disenfranchise thousands of voters and limit access to voting
February 26, 2014
 
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State Representative and Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement today on Secretary of State Jon Husted’s directive to cut in-person early voting hours and eliminate evening and Sunday voting for all 88 Ohio counties:


“The Secretary of State’s decision to cut Sunday voting, coupled with the legislature’s decision to shorten early voting by seven days, will likely disenfranchise many minority voters. During the 2012 presidential election, almost one-third of voters in Ohio voted early, with most early voters coming from counties with high populations of African Americans – Cuyahoga County, Franklin County and, my district, Hamilton County. Taking away Sunday voting does a disservice to people of faith, considering many churches serve communities where people need help identifying polling locations, times and transportation options.


“This directive is a clear example of an attempt to make voting less accessible in 2014. We should be focused on making Ohio’s elections fair and accessible to all citizens, instead of aiming to restrict voters’ access to the ballot box. These recent actions have proven that, more than ever, there is need for a Voter Bill of Rights in Ohio’s constitution.”


Rep Reece’s floor speech against voter suppression bills, Senate Bill 205 & 238, can be viewed here: http://www.ohiochannel.org/MediaLibrary/Media.aspx?fileId=142397&startTime=9257&autoStart=True.


 

 
 
 
  
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