On Aug. 28, 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. In his speech, King called for civil and economic rights, and an end to racism in the United States. Among his many ideas, King emphasized the importance of ending discrimination in voting rights.
Recent population trends indicate that ethnic and racial minority populations in the United States are rising. Despite the growing populations, voting by both populations is low even though there has been some current state legislation to ensure fair and impartial voting access. Unfortunately, there is too much leeway given to state governments in the voting system’s execution. As a result, restrictions in the election system have resulted in disparate impact upon participation by minority populations.
With the November 2022 elections fast approaching, it is fundamental to our democracy that we encourage active participation in our democracy by all eligible voters regardless of racial or ethnic heritage by lifting restrictions that prevent minority populations from voting.
Voter registration campaigns in some areas of Ohio should emphasize that “Your Vote is Your Voice," or in other words, "Su Voto es Su Voz." Voter registration ends Oct. 11. If you have any questions regarding voter registration, call the Stark County Board of Elections at 330-451-8683.
Ed. Davila, Jackson Township
This article originally appeared on The Repository: Letter to the editor: Make your voice heard by voting