Restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965

“It would be transformative if everybody voted. That would counteract money more than anything.”

votingrightsact_0The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law on August 6, 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson because “Congress [had] determined that the existing federal anti-discrimination laws were not sufficient to overcome the resistance by state officials to enforcement of the 15th Amendment,” which had been ratified on February 3, 1870.

“Through the use of poll taxes, literacy tests and other means, Southern states were able to effectively disenfranchise African Americans.”

The Act has been chipped away by the Supreme Court, resulting in a recent surge in voter ID laws, cuts to early voting and gerrymandering. Continue reading “Restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965”