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Posted August 6, 2012

Gwen Moore Celebrates Voting Rights Act Anniversary

Milwaukee, WI, August 6, 2012 - Today Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) released this statement in celebration of the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 .

"Forty-seven years ago today, Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law. The goal of this law was to make voting the cornerstone of our democracy, ensuring that all Americans had access to this treasured right. This action came in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement and proved to be a great turning point in the battle for equal rights for African Americans in our country.

“Almost half a century later, the fight to protect our voting rights for all Americans continues. This right is under attack across our nation, including in my home state of Wisconsin. Prior to the 2006 elections, voter identification laws did not exist in a single state. Since 2011, 41 states have introduced 176 voter restriction bills. Out of these states, 34 have introduced voter photo identification laws. This limitation is a deliberate assault on our voting rights.

“Voter restrictions disproportionately impact minorities, young adults, the elderly and low-income individuals. It is estimated that up to 5 million people could be negatively affected by voter restriction laws. It is incredible that in a nation that prides itself on holding free and fair elections that this fight for voter rights even exists. 

“We must always remember that our vote is our voice. As we celebrate the 47th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, let us not be silenced. As a Member of Congress, I will continue to fight for our vote in this election and beyond.”

 

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