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The right to cast a ballot is under assault

Fifty years ago, the struggle for civil rights took a giant step forward when the Voting Rights Act of 1965 became the law of our land. But today, the right to cast a ballot freely and have it counted fairly is under assault.

Two years ago, the Supreme Court invalidated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. And in states all across America--including Ohio--cut-backs in early voting and calls for photo IDs--which an estimated 25% of African-Americans don't have--are the transparent tools of voter suppression.

Republicans say they're only trying to stop voter fraud. But even in the hotly contested 2004 Presidential election, Ohio's rate of voter fraud was 4/1000 of 1%--or roughly the same odds as being struck and killed by lightening. So the real fraud isn't coming from voters. The real fraud is coming from politicians--and we can't let them get away with it.

Source: 2016 Ohio Senate race: Center of Hope Baptist Church speech , Aug 9, 2015

Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United

Q: What new ideas have you put out that qualifies you for Senate?

A: One thing that is new in the sense that it is not implemented right now: I do believe we need a Constitutional amendment to overturn the post-Citizens United corrosive role of money in politics.

Q: That's not a new issue, though. Since the Supreme Court ruling, that's been an issue.

A: I'm trying to put forth things that aren't currently in play. If we get more leaders like me, we can make it happen.

Source: OTI transcript of Cincinnati Enquirer: 2016 Ohio Senate race , May 12, 2015

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