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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Beatty Named Deputy Vice-Chair of Congressional Voting Rights Caucus

May 24, 2016
Press Release

Beatty Named Deputy Vice-Chair of Congressional Voting Rights Caucus

Caucus to continue the fight to guarantee voting rights for all Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) joined the newly established Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, which is dedicated to improving our nation’s democracy by ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote. The Congressional Voting Rights Caucus Chair, Marc Veasey (TX-33), also selected Beatty as the Caucus’ Deputy Vice-Chair. 

Since the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which dismantled key provisions of the original Voting Rights Act, several states have implemented laws that make it more difficult for traditionally disenfranchised communities to vote.

In response, during the 114th Congress, two pieces of legislation were introduced: (1) the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015, H.R. 2867; and (2) the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2015, H.R. 885. Both bills would update, fix, and strengthen the landmark civil rights legislation. Beatty is a cosponsor of both H.R. 2867 and H.R. 885.

“One of our most sacred rights in this country is the right to vote,” Beatty said. “Our country should make it easier for people to vote, not harder. That is why, as a Member 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, “I joined the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus because as a nation we cannot tolerate voting discrimination of any kind.”

The goal of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus is to educate the public on the current voter laws in their home states, districts, and counties; to inform constituencies on their rights as voters; and to create and advance voter-friendly legislation.

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