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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Helps Lead Congressional Effort to Make September “National Voting Rights Month”

Sep 12, 2018
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Congresswoman Beatty Helps Lead Congressional Effort to Make September “National Voting Rights Month”

More than 110 Members of Congress are co-sponsoring bicameral resolution

Today, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Deputy Vice-Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, joined Caucus Co-Chair Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33) and more than 100 Members of Congress and Senators to introduce a bicameral resolution to designate September as “National Voting Rights Month.” The resolution will encourage voter registration during the month of September and push Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“One of our most sacred rights in this country is the right to vote,” Beatty said. “As Members of Congress, it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to restore common-sense voter protections and to ensure an unfettered right to vote and fairness in our nation’s voting practices.” Beatty continued, “This resolution reaffirms our country’s commitment to these revered principles, and at the same time encourages more people to register to vote and to cast their ballot in November—because every vote counts.”

The resolution would also put pressure on Congress to pass legislation to automatically register 18-year-olds to vote in federal elections, as well as encourage public schools and universities to develop curriculum to educate students on voter suppression laws and the importance of voter engagement. The resolution is supported by over 20 voting rights and civil rights organizations, civil justice groups, and voting rights activists, including Let America Vote and the NAACP.