DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today recognizing the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law on August 6, 1965:
“Today, 47 years after the day the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act was signed into law, we remember the incredible sacrifices of the many Americans who gave so much – in some cases their lives – to secure and protect the right to vote. As a nation, we continue to stand with the civil rights leaders who came before us and fought courageously for passage of this historic legislation. We would not be where we are today without their brave work.
“While this anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate the great progress that has since been made, we must also recognize the magnitude of the work that remains to be done. Today, in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, my home state of Florida and so many others across the country, we’ve seen cynical and divisive efforts to restrict the right to vote. As we find ourselves just a few months away from one of the most important elections of our lifetime, we know that we cannot and must not let these attacks go unchallenged. We must remain vigilant in our struggle to ensure that all eligible Americans have the opportunity for their voices to be heard and their ballots counted.
“Over the coming months, we must all resolve to push ourselves even harder to defend our basic civil rights and combat discrimination in all its forms – whenever it may arise. Today, as we honor those who have fought to protect the right to vote, let us also recognize the everyday heroes who still remain on the front lines of this decades-long struggle – and encourage them all to continue on.”