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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Joins Bicameral Effort to Designate September as National Voting Rights Month

Sep 23, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) is helping to introduce a bicameral resolution recognizing September as ‘National Voting Rights Month.’ The purpose of the measure is to help end voter suppression by bringing awareness to existing voter suppression laws, educating Americans on their rights as voters, urging Congress to pass critical voting rights legislation, and encouraging all Americans to get out and vote.

“Congressman John Lewis—known as the ‘Conscience of Congress’—spent his entire life fighting for the rights of Americans from all walks of life, especially the constitutional right to vote. So, there is no better way to honor his life and legacy than by dedicating the month of September to voting rights,” Beatty said. “Since the Supreme Court struck down the preclearance provision of the historic Voting Rights Act in 2013, we have witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of legal hoops and impediments enacted in states across the country making otherwise eligible voters unable to cast their ballot.” She added, “That is why with the 2020 Election just weeks away, it is crucial that more Americans are informed and empowered to cast their vote, whether that is by mail or in-person, because your vote is your voice.”

More specifically, the bicameral resolution would:

  • Recognize September as “National Voting Rights Month.
  • Request that the United States Postal Service issue a special John R. Lewis stamp during the month of September to honor his life, legacy, and commitment to voting rights.
  • Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. 
  • Urge Congress to pass a whole host of bills to ensure the integrity of our elections and advance voting rights.
  • Encourage public schools and universities to develop academic curriculums that educate students on the importance of voting, registration, voting history, and voter suppression laws. 
  • Recommend that Congress allocate funds for public service announcements on various media channels to encourage Americans to vote.

Of note, Beatty is the author of the Save Voters Act, H.R. 3201, a piece of legislation to end the practice of voter purges resulting from the Supreme Court’s Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute decision. Additionally, she recently introduced the Congressman John R. Lewis Election Day Act of 2020, H.R. 7820, a bill to make this coming Election Day a federal holiday in honor of Congressman Lewis.