Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Chair Nancy Worley’s Statement on August 6 Anniversary of Voting Rights Act Signing

Fifty-two years ago, on August 6, 1965, the Voting Rights Act, passed with bipartisan support, was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. The Voting Rights Act guaranteed all American citizens the right to register and vote without obstruction, yet the Republican President, as well as Republicans in Congress and GOP-led State Legislatures today, support obstacles to voter registration and voting.

The signing of the Voting Rights Act was the culmination of many battles by African-American, female, youth and other disenfranchised groups to ensure that every voice is heard on Election Day. Today, the fight to protect and advance voting rights continues. GOP-led states across the nation have recently passed restrictive voting laws. Over a half century after the Voting Rights Act was signed into law, we must recommit to fighting to ensure that every eligible citizen is able to register, that every registered voter is able to vote, and every vote is accurately counted.

Alabama, a state where the battle began to end racial discrimination at the ballot box, must continue its fight for voting rights and enact same-day voter registration, early voting, automatic voter registration upon graduation from high school and other progressive ideas.

Voting rights should not be a Democrat vs. Republican issue; voting rights should be a bipartisan commitment to fulfilling the promise of the Voting Rights Act from over fifty years ago that every voice be heard on Election Day.