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Ohio group backs amendment for voter protections

Associated Press • Jan 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM

The Voter Bill of Rights was launched Thursday ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus president Alicia Reece told attendees at a Columbus rally to collect signatures for the proposal in the spirit of King.

The measure would expand early voting times on weekends and make other changes. The effort responds to a June decision by the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. A bevy of states have toughened voter laws since the ruling.

Proponents said such measures guard against voter fraud. Critics said the new restrictions are aimed at suppressing low-income voters, particularly minorities.

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