COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio lawmaker on Saturday urged a crowd of tens of thousands of people in the nation's capital to relaunch Dr. Martin Luther King's dream by pushing for voting-rights guarantees.
State Rep. Alicia Reece addressed the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial during a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of King's historic march on Washington and "I Have a Dream" speech.
"We can't wait another 50 years," the Cincinnati Democrat told the crowd, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer, (http://cin.ci/1ddzKLC). "It's time to make the dream real."
Reece said that a Voter Bill of Rights needs to be added to state constitutions in Ohio and in other states to guarantee certain protections to all voters, including access to the polls and freedom from intimidation.
The effort responds to a June decision by the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Since then, a bevy of states, such as Texas and North Carolina, have moved to enact tougher voter laws.
Proponents say such measures are necessary to guard against voter fraud. But critics say the new restrictions are aimed at suppressing low-income voters, particularly minorities, who are less likely to have a drivers' license or other acceptable identification.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com