Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Voting Rights Act

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, Democrats and Republicans should be united in protecting voting for all Americans.

Unfortunately the Republican Party has made voter suppression a top priority. Since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, 15 states have passed laws that restrict voting.* The Confederate flag has started to come down across the Old South, but these anti-voter laws are still disfranchising African American and Latino voters, the elderly, working families and students.

As President Johnson said 50 years ago, “the denial of the right to vote is still a deadly wrong.” California is leading the nation in efforts to increase voter participation. Republicans are taking the nation backward on the right to vote.

* https://www.aclu.org/map/battle-protect-ballot-voter-suppression-measures-passed-2013

 

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