The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

Marchers call for action to bolster voting rights


WASHINGTON >> Thousands of voting rights advocates rallied across the country Saturday to call for sweeping federal laws that would wipe out voting restrictio­ns in some Republican­controlled states that could make it harder to vote.

Many activists view the fight over voting rules as the civil rights issue of the era. But frustratio­ns have mounted for months because two expansive election bills have stalled in the U.S. Senate, which is split evenly between Democrats and Republican­s and the measures lack the votes to overcome a GOP blockade.

The rallies, which were held in dozens of cities, were intended to increase pressure on Democrats to rewrite procedural rules that would allow Democrats to muscle the legislatio­n through without Republican votes.

More than a thousand people turned out in sweltering heat on the National Mall on Saturday, the 58th anniversar­y of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

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