Friday, August 23, 2013

Rep. Reece to call for voter bill rights amendment to Ohio Constitution

COLUMBUS - During her speech at Saturday’s 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington D.C., State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) will call for a Voter Bill of Rights state constitutional amendment initiative to be launched in Ohio and across the nation.

Reece will speak at 10 a.m. in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The event is being organized by Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and will focus on issues such as economic injustice and racial inequality. Reece is a national board member of the National Action Network.

According to a Friday blog post by the Ohio House of Representatives Minority Caucus, the Voter Bill of Rights amendment is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Reese’s initiative aims to provide concrete rights to voters that would extend access to polls, protect voters against voter intimidation and disenfranchisement, and ensure citizens’ right to vote.

Rep. Reece has been a strong advocate for voting rights since her days at Grambling State UniversityShe has fought against voter intimidation and suppression in Ohio and she has championed numerous voting rights bills,” the post said.
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