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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Elections and Voting Rights


Beatty on Elections and Voting Rights

The right to vote is among the most fundamental rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, and any attempt to infringe upon that right poses a serious threat to our democracy. I am committed to making it easier for Americans to vote, not harder. In addition, I am leading the charge against voter purge initiatives in Ohio and across the nation.

Highlights of Beatty Work to Protect Voting Rights

  • Introduced the Save Voters Act to prohibit states from using the same type of questionable voter purge tactics that Ohio has used to take thousands of eligible voters off the voting rolls.
  • Sponsor of a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United case and reduce the influence of money in our elections.
  • Supports legislation to update the Voting Rights Act to protect every Americans’ right to vote.
  • Deputy Vice Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus
Read more below, or please contact my office for more information concerning my work and views on Elections and Voting Rights.

More on Elections and Voting Rights

Oct 31, 2021 News Articles
The $1.75 trillion framework agreement for President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan represents a significant victory for Black lawmakers, who have been adamant that promises made to Black communities be kept by the White House.
Oct 27, 2021 News Articles
Black voters helped to propel Joe Biden to the White House in the 2020 election – 92% of Black voters supported Biden, according to the Pew Research Center – and they remain a crucial constituency for the Democratic Party.
Oct 4, 2021 News Articles
At the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner Sunday night, the message was clear: The fight for civil rights is not over.
Sep 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In coordination with Reps. Jim Cooper (TN-05) and Terri Sewell (AL-07), U.S. Congresswoman and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty (OH-03) introduced legislation to establish Rosa Parks Day as a Federal Holiday.

Sep 3, 2021 News Articles
Thousands of people marched and rallied peacefully in the nation’s capital and cities nationwide to demand swift federal action around voting rights.
Aug 25, 2021 News Articles
Over the last few months, Black US Representatives have been applying pressure on their counterparts in the Senate to pass sweeping voting rights laws. Many of those protesting have been arrested as they seek to send a message.
Aug 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congresswoman and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty (OH-03) joined 219 of her House colleagues in voting to pass H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. This critical legislation would restore key protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) which were gutted by the Supreme Court in the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision and more recently in the 2021 Brnovich v. DNC decision.

Aug 24, 2021 News Articles
A national battle over state voting laws hit the House of Representatives floor on Tuesday, as Ohio’s Jim Jordan led opposition to legislation that would set up new rules to determine which states and political subdivisions would be required to get federal approval before changing their voting laws.
Aug 7, 2021 News Articles
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, the only declared Democrat candidate for next year’s Senate race, picked up the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty and now has secured the support of the only two other Democrats from Ohio serving in the House with him.
Aug 6, 2021 News Articles
When three Black Congressional leaders were handcuffed and arrested recently while protesting voter suppression, they were doing more than drawing attention to legislation to protect and expand voting rights. They were taking a stand against an anti-democratic movement, led by Republican-controlled state legislatures, to keep away from the polls voters whose beliefs and interests don’t align with theirs.