Protect Your Voting Rights - Support Reauthortization of the Voting Rights Act
For the last forty years, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) has served to protect the voting rights of all Americans, and especially racial minorities. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Act to stop the voter disenfranchisement that had become commonplace in many parts of the country. Despite the passage of the 15th amendment in 1870, states were still able to disenfranchise minorities through poll taxes, literacy tests, and outright verbal and physical harassment.

The VRA was adopted to prevent this type of disenfranchisement. It designates certain areas of the country as under the protection of the U.S. Justice Department to ensure that voting rights are guaranteed there. These areas, mainly concentrated in southern states, must ask for “preclearance” before making any changes to electoral policies, such as polling hours, locations, registration requirements, or redistricting.

For more information, read a detailed analysis of the Voting Rights Act.

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Articles on the Voting Rights Act
June 28th 2009
Voting rights: Time for new thinking, not rehashed ideas
Sun Sentinel

Mr. Guy examines why new ideas and legislation are needed to ensure minority voting rights after the recent Supreme Court Ruling on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

May 13th 2009
The Supreme Court’s Hostility to the Voting Rights Act
The New York Times

The New York Times' Adam Cohen argues for the Supreme Court to uphold Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

April 19th 2009
Making the District More of a Democracy
The Washington Post

FairVote's Adam Fogel shows how Washington, DC can move toward the goal of universal voter registration before it receives a vote in Congress.

February 24th 2009
Drive to enfranchise DC clears Senate hurdle
Associated Press

The U.S. Senate votes 62-34 to move the DC House Voting Rights Act forward.

February 18th 2009
‘We’ll Take It’
The New York Times

The New York Times Editorial Board endorses the DC Voting Rights Act of 2009.

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