Craig 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. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) released the following statement regarding the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: 

“The 1965 Voting Right Act was among the most profound and important pieces of legislation in the history of our nation. It advanced the cause of freedom, securing the right to vote so that future generations would not have to suffer the indignities of Jim Crow and bigotry manifested in the injustice and evil of poll taxes and literacy tests. The right to vote should never be taken for granted.”

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