In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act. Last week, congressional Democrats introduced the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015, which would restore the important voting-rights protections the Supreme Court struck down.
After the announcement of this effort, Hillary Clinton, a Democratic 2016 presidential candidate, released a statement of support and said that protecting the right to vote should be a top bipartisan priority. Unfortunately, some Republican presidential hopefuls, including our own Gov. John Kasich, have chosen to play politics with this fundamental right.
Throughout her campaign, Mrs. Clinton has detailed specific proposals to expand the right to vote, including universal voter registration and a new national standard of 20 days for early voting. Instead of having a substantive discussion on the issues, Governor Kasich accused Mrs. Clinton of using “demagoguery” to divide Americans on this issue, and griped about Mrs. Clinton’s proposal to expand early voting nationwide.