OBERLIN, OH—U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) gave the keynote address at the League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area’s (LWVOA) annual meeting today. During his address, he discussed issues ranging from voting rights to promoting bipartisanship in Congress.

“The League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area is a valued part of Northeast Ohio’s community,” Brown said. “It has played a critical role in Ohio’s history. By its example, we can each help to secure the rights of others and move our country forward.”

The League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area is a nonpartisan civic organization that promotes informed and active participation in government. Women and men from across Lorain County are invited to join. The event at the Oberlin Inn was attended by LWOVA members, local high school students, and members of the local Rotary Club.

Brown has long fought to ensure Ohioans’ voting rights. In May 2012, Brown and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) held an official hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights at the Carl B. Stokes United States Federal Courthouse in Cleveland. The hearing examined the impact of Ohio’s repealed voting law, H.B. 194. The law would have reduced the number of early voting days from 35 to 17, eliminated voting on the weekend before an election, removed the requirement that poll workers direct voters to their proper precinct, and prohibited county boards of elections from mailing unsolicited absentee ballots. 

In June 2011 Brown raised concerns over highly restrictive photo identification voting laws that were under consideration or already signed into law in several states across the country. In a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Brown asked the agency to use its full powers as enacted in the Voting Rights Act to review these laws and their implementation.