Photo by By Yoichi Okamoto - Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, wikipedia.org
President Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Clarence Mitchell Jr. at the signing of the Voting Rights Act
President Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Clarence Mitchell Jr. at the signing of the Voting Rights Act

For so many reasons (and in this election, existential ones), but especially because there was a time not so very long ago when many of us could not, vote.

 

Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson during the height of the civil rights movement on August 6, 1965, The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a landmark piece of federal legislation in the United States that prohibits racial discrimination in voting, and Congress later amended the act five times to expand its protections.

If you haven't already, here's where to vote in person in DC on November 3, 2020.

1 Comment For This Article

Sylvia Margolin

Sadly, in 2013, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, invalidated key parts of The Voting Rights Act. A lot of the shenanigans being employed by the Republicans are now legal.