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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

The Inalienable Right to Vote

Jul 11, 2018
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Six decades after Lyndon B. Johnson observed, “A man without a vote is a man without protection,” the Supreme Court ruled that the right to vote is more “use it or lose it.” Now, Ohioans can be purged from the rolls for simply not voting and responding to a mailer in a prescribed amount of time.

This is more distressing given recent electoral contests, highlighting the importance of every vote. The Husted decision was a sad day for the nation, because Americans were stripped of the very protection LBJ spoke of and for which many fought and died to protect.

– Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Deputy Vice-Chair, Congressional Voting Rights Caucus

This essay was originally published by The Washington DC 100 on July 6, 2018.