By: Elisabeth MacNamara
EDITORIAL NOTE: This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post.
Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) into law, calling the day ”a triumph for freedom.” The VRA was an historic achievement that changed America, ensuring that every American citizen, regardless of race, ethnicity or language, had equal access to the right to vote.
But two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key provision of the VRA. States that had once been covered by that provision were free from oversight by the U.S. Department of Justice. The result was a full frontal assault on voting rights.
Congress currently has before it various proposals to restore the protections that the Supreme Court stripped away, but Congressional leaders have ignored public calls to restore the VRA. Voter discrimination cannot be tolerated. For 95 years, the League of Women Voters has been fighting to keep the power of our democracy in the hands of the people, and we will not remain silent as the voting rights of Americans across the country remain at risk. Join us as we tell Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act.
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