Strahorn Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Voting Rights Act

Must remain vigilant against any efforts that threaten access to ballot box
08/05/2015

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.

House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) released the following statement regarding the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act:

“The passage of the Voting Rights Act was an important step in the ongoing struggle for true democratic equality in the United States. We must not forget the heroes of the civil rights movement who dedicated themselves to this struggle and the gains they achieved. But the struggle isn’t over. We must be vigilant against every assault that seeks to reduce access to the ballot box.”