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Ohio group pushes voter guarantees on ballot

Published: Thu, January 16, 2014 @ 2:30 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — A coalition of black lawmakers, clergy and civil rights leaders are backing an Ohio constitutional amendment guaranteeing certain voter protections in the perennial battleground.

The Voter Bill of Rights was launched today ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday Monday.

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus president Alicia Reece is among backers. She urged a crowd in Washington this summer to re-launch King’s dream by supporting constitutional amendments in their states guaranteeing access to polls and freedom from intimidation.

The effort responds to a June decision by the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. A bevy of states have toughened voter laws since the ruling.

Proponents say such measures guard against voter fraud. Critics say the new restrictions are aimed at suppressing low-income voters, particularly minorities.


1Ytownnative(1036 comments)posted 8 months ago

I don't understand why asking for an ID is a bad thing? And wasn't there Black Panthers monitoring the polls in 2008 and 2012? I think that would suppress more voters then asking for an ID. I don't see how a person can legally live without some form of ID. As far as I know you cant work, get welfare, social security, unemployment, cash a check, open a bank account, or rent a place to live without ID.

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