In honor of the 48th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, DNC Vice Chairwoman, Donna Brazile penned this op-ed on the need to protect voting rights. Read the excerpt below and visit www.votingrightsmatter.com to learn more.
"On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signedthe Voting Rights Act and said, "There is no room for injustice anywhere in the American mansion."
"In the 48 years since its enactment, the Voting Rights Act has helped secure the right to vote for millions of men and women in our country – dismantling the injustice of preventing eligible citizens from casting their vote — and our democracy has been made stronger for it. But now the promise and purpose of the Voting Rights Act is in jeopardy.
"I'm not naïve enough to believe the Voting Rights Act rooted out all injustice — after all, I saw firsthand what my sister had to go through voting in Florida in 2000 — but we know from experience the Voting Rights Act has provided a critical step forward for millions of African American and other voters.
"Too many voters in our American family overcame many obstacles, and in some cases gave their lives, to obtain the right to vote — a sacred right that cannot and should not be put at risk."