Tavares Joins National Organization In Calling For The Restoration Of Voting Rights
The National Black Caucus of State Legislators Releases Special Report on Expansive Voting Rights Legislation Passed By Black State Legislators Across the Nation

Columbus-Senator Charleta B. Tavares, Assistant Senate Democratic Leader (D-Columbus) and Regional Director of NBCSL  announced – In the face of recent suppressive attacks on voting rights across the nation, that the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) released a special report on state-led, expansive voting rights legislation.  Senator Tavares joins NBCSL in its state-by-state call for the full restoration of voting rights for every American. 
NBCSL’s report, Upholding Voting Rights for All Americans, synthesizes a total of 601 pieces of pro-voting rights legislation from 41 states (including the District of Columbia) introduced by members of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) between 2011 and 2013. The purpose of the April report is to show that despite the passage and implementation of restrictive laws, Black state legislators are fighting back.
“State lawmakers are essential in the battle for voting rights,” said NBCSL President, Representative Joe Armstrong (TN). “We experience the barriers to the ballot box, and, more importantly, we hear the stories directly from our constituents, fighting to exercise our nation’s most sacred right.”
NBCSL strongly promotes safeguarding and broadening voting rights, and since the organization was founded, NBCSL has fought against the efforts waged to prohibit, suppress, and limit the vote. For members of NBCSL, this fight happens on-the-ground, in statehouses, districts, and communities across the country.
The NBCSL asserts that voting is a fundamental right and an important civic duty that should not be infringed upon. Each state – especially Ohio– is charged to preserve and protect this fundamental right. The full report is available online at: 
“As a member of the Ohio Senate and a representative of the people, it is incumbent upon me and those who profess to support our U.S. and state Constitutions as well as our democratic form of governance – to insure the fundamental right to vote is not abridged, abrogated or refused,” stated Senator Tavares. “We have a responsibility to register, educate and encourage the participation of all citizens, 18 years of age and older, in our elections to maintain a government of, by and for the people.”
The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) is a membership association representing over 650 African-American state legislators from 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 
NBCSL is the nation’s largest membership association of Black state lawmakers.NBCSL members represent upwards of 65 million Americans of all racial backgrounds. To learn more visit www.nbcsl.org.

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