Let’s Fix the Voting Rights Act Before It’s Too Late
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is the most successful civil rights statute ever enacted by Congress.
It was even reauthorized by four Republican Presidents. So when the Supreme Court decided in 2013 that voter discrimination was a thing of the past it caught all of us by surprise.
Just how successful was the Voting Rights Act? Here’s what you need to know:
- In its first year after passage, 250,000 African Americans were registered to vote for the first time1
- In the two years since the Supreme Court gutted the act, 2.2 million African Americans have had their right to vote taken away2
The many state and local-level schemes that make it harder for communities of color, first-time voters, the elderly, and the poor to vote are one big #tbt we’re not into.
Unless Congress acts soon, voters in 2016 will face the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act.
For American Jews, the fight for voting rights is personal, it’s a part of who we are. In the 1960s, we stood arm in arm with African Americans fighting for the right to vote.
Last year, we teamed up with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCR) to help collect over 500,000 signatures in support of voting rights. Now, it’s time to work together again.
Join vsGoliath as we raise our voices to restore the Voting Rights Act and demand that our Congressional leaders get on the right side of history — add your name to the petition now.
- ACLU - Timeline: A History of the Voting Rights Act
- Brennan Center for Justice - The State of Voting in 2014