52nd Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

Voting Rights

The US Constitution is clear: American citizens have a right to vote. There should be unfettered access to becoming a registered voter and to the ballot box. This is the goal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which has its 52nd Anniversary on Aug. 6 2017

This Act made it easier for Southern Blacks to register to vote. Literacy tests, poll taxes, and other such requirements that were used to restrict black voting are made illegal. This same year, Malcolm X is assassinated, the Selma to Montgomery marches take place, the Watts riots erupt in Los Angeles, and President Johnson issues Executive Order 11246, which enforces affirmative action for the first time.

As we approach the 52nd anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Americans have an opportunity to reflect on the importance of voting. When anyone makes it harder for everyday people to vote, it strikes at the very core of our democracy.

If you have any questions or concerns about voting or just want to learn more about California’s election process and issues, please contact my office or visit the California Secretary of State’s website.  Also, to view the California Voter Bill of Rights, please click here.