State Rep. Alicia Reece Calls For Action After Supreme Court Decision On Voting Rights
Plans to initiate a "Voting Bill Of Rights" amendment
June 27, 2013
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COLUMBUS –State Rep. and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Alicia Reece (D- Cincinnati), is calling for a Voting Bill Of Rights state constitution amendment to be launched in Ohio and across the nation in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Her initiative aims to provide concrete rights to voters that would extend access to polls, protect voters against voter intimidation and disenfranchisement, and ensure the citizens’ right to vote.

 “This decision was a blow to all the progress made during the Civil Rights Movement, and many are asking where to go from here. If the Supreme Court says it is up to the states, we must work at the state level to establish a uniform voting bill of rights. It is time to push for more permanent voting rights measures, such as state constitutional amendments and ballot initiatives.” said Rep. Reece.

 Rep. Reece plans to unveil the Voting Bill of Rights nationally on August 24th during the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s march on Washington, where she will serve as one of the national speakers. Rep. Reece is working with several national civil and voting rights advocacy groups from across the country to persuade the states to place the Voting Bill of Rights on the ballot in 2014.

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