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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.


1redeye1(5351 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

No one is blocked from voting .It's just that some states want the voters to have photo I.D. cards. What's the problem?. But leave to blacks to complain , When they need I.D. card to get welfare benefits. So, when they apply for their EBT cards put their photos on them. Problem solved !!!!!!!!

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2billdog1(4073 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

If they are referring to ID as suppressing, I don't believe that is unreasonable. If somebody doesn't have ID how do they buy alcohol, a car or drive, rent a place to live, collect any form of public assistance, get a job, cash a check, etc... I'm far from a republiWhatever or demiwhatcould, but please. If you don't have ID how do you prove your residency, for voting the district? Commonsense is lost people. Don't be D or an R, just use commonsense.

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3bumbob(144 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Ahh, billdog. Made the sojourn over here after they shut down the comments at Tribune Chronicle's website, eh?

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4Ytownnative(1118 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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