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Turner, NAACP Call For New Voting Rights Law

Local lawmakers and activists are responding to the Supreme Court’s decision a year ago overturning article four of the 1964 Voting Rights Act. That article mandated that nine states that have a history of voting discrimination must notify the federal government before they make any changes to their voting rules—that didn’t include Ohio. The protection has been used to keep particularly southern states from passing restrictive voting laws.

Local NAACP President Derrick Foward and Congressman Mike Turner (R-10) are pushing a new proposal, the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014.  Turner is a co-sponsor of the bill.

Turner’s office says this replacement legislation calls for a new formula that would ensure the voting rights of all citizens. It would establish a trigger for federal involvement with any state that has a record of voting rights violations.

 

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.