City Council supports Rev. Jesse Jackson's proposed 'right-to-vote' constitutional amendment

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati City Council supported a proposed "right-to-vote" constitutional amendment Wednesday presented by Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Council members voted 7-1 on the issue, stating their agreement that Congress pass a House and Senate joint amendment to the Constitution that would create one set of rules for voting.

The decision was made in commemoration of Wednesday’s 49th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

Jackson said he feels leaving voting laws up to states is shutting some people out.

“We need a guaranteed right to vote,” Jackson wrote in a blog post on his website. “And to counteract our states’ rights system of voting, with a different set of restrictions in each of the 50 states plus D.C., we need a federal voting system. We need one set of rules for everyone, with a level playing field for all voters everywhere, north and south, urban and rural.”

Mayor John Cranley and State Rep. Alicia Reece introduced Jackson at City Hall at 1 p.m.

Jackson told council members he believes it's important that all voices are heard.

“There is no landmark more fundamental to our democracy than the right to vote,” he said. “The right to vote from that all other votes come."

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