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The Importance Of The Voting Rights Act And Why It Must Be Preserved

The ability to vote and make your voice heard as a citizen is the core concept of any thriving and legitimate democracy.

In 1965, then President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The law ensured that all adult citizens have the right to vote and the barriers that had previously kept citizens of color from voting (i.e. literary tests and polling taxes) was now illegal.

Not surprising is that you know who would eagerly repeal the Voting Rights Act due to of the often circulated myth that millions voted fraudulently.

At a rally in Florida recently, he extolled the virtues of voter ID cards.

The fact is that voter ID cards is just another form of discrimination. Specifically, to delay and/or prevent minority voters from being able to able to exercise their legal right to vote.

You know who and those around him want to take us back sixty years, if not further.

The dream of America and the American democracy was built on the ideal that all citizens are created equal. While we as a country has not completely lived up to that ideal, we have come closer to that ideal than we have ever been in America history so far.

Instead of moving forward, we are moving backwards as a country. And if I am to be honest, I must admit that the backwards direction that we are moving in is quite scary from where I am standing.

 

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