Sykes Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Voting Rights Act
Must remain vigilant against any efforts that threaten access to ballot box

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. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) released the following statement regarding the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: 

“The Voting Rights Act made it possible for people of color to participate in American democracy. Since then, people of color have been elected to offices ranging from city council to president of the United States. Without the Voting Rights Act, large segments of the American population would not ever been able to voice their concerns through democratic government and we would never have seen the promise of "liberty and justice for all." I am grateful for all of the progress that we have seen over the past 50 years, and I am hopeful that we all will renew our commitment to preserving the essence of the law and refuse to go back to a time when Americans were prohibited from exercising their fundamental right to vote.”

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