Today, August 6, marks the 48th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act if 1865.
As Democrats we believe in the right of every American to vote.
Throughout our history, Americans have fought and died for the right to vote. And while we’ve made significant progress, even today there are those who seek to limit voting rights. In 2013 alone, 11 Republican-controlled states have taken action to limit people’s Constitutional right to vote.
Just this past June, the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act — eliminating the formula used to identify states with a history of voting discrimination and disenfranchisement. Congress now has the opportunity fix the formula and reinstate the act. As Democrats, we will pursue every avenue — legal, political and through grassroots advocacy — to fix the Voting Rights Act.
As Democrats, we’re not backing down and will continue to fight to expand access to the polls for every eligible voter.
Learn more about the history of voting rights in America at Voting Rights Matter, see how Democrats are fighting back, and, most importantly, how you can get involved.