The Voting Rights Act at 50 -- The Fight Continues
A blog from Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford:
Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, one of the most consequential pieces of civil rights legislation of the 20th Century. The Act outlawed many of the practices, such as poll taxes and literacy tests, that were designed to make it more difficult for African-Americans to vote.
As President Johnson said, “It is wrong—deadly wrong—to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country.”
Those words still ring true today.
While some have claimed that the VRA is an outdated relic of another era, it is clear that we still have work to do to protect free, fair, and open elections across this country. The VRA is still a critically important piece of legislation. Just yesterday a federal court used it to strike down a Texas law that unfairly restricted minority communities’ access to the polls.
Nevada is no stranger to attacks on our basic right to vote. During the 2015 Legislative Session, Republicans made several attempts to make it harder to vote in Nevada, including cutting hours for early voting and limiting the ability to vote on weekends. Despite those efforts, my colleagues and I were able to beat back attempts to limit your access to the ballot box.
As a State Senator, I will always stand up for the rights of Nevadans regardless of economic class, racial and ethnic background, education, sexual orientation, gender, or religion. Among those many rights that I will continue to defend is the right of all of us to vote. I hope you’ll stand with me in that fight.