Statement by Representative Payne, Jr. on 56e Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act 1965
Washington DC – Representative Donald M. Payne, Jr. today issued the following statement regarding the 56e Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The law banned electoral discrimination practices that had been enacted in many southern states in response to the 15e Amendment, which gave all Americans the right to vote regardless of race or color. The practices included voting taxes, literacy tests and other restrictions to prevent African Americans from voting or deny them the right to vote.
“It is important to commemorate the anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, as today we are seeing an increase in action in state legislatures nationwide to deny Afro the right to vote. Americans, ”said Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr.“ In the past it was local taxes. Today it is the elimination of ballot boxes and places in minority neighborhoods, the rejection of the vote by mail and even denial of water to voters while they line up to vote. We must immediately pass the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act (HR 4) to restore and protect the right to vote for all Americans, regardless of race or political affiliation. Every vote counts!
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