Clyde Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Voting Rights Act
Must remain vigilant against any efforts that threaten access to ballot box
August 05, 2015
 
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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. Clyde released the following statement regarding the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: 


“Guaranteeing an equal right to vote is essential for a healthy democracy,” said Rep. Clyde. “This historic piece of legislation was sorely needed in 1965 to protect racial minorities from disenfranchisement, and unfortunately, recent attacks on voting access have proven that it is still very relevant today.” 

 
 
 
  
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