Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Representing the 12th District of California

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Pelosi Statement on the 52nd Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

Aug 4, 2017
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Ashley Etienne, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement to mark the 52nd anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act, which was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on August 6, 1965:
 
“Today, we mark the 52nd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act in a time when voting rights are under open assault from the White House and in states across America. 
 
“The VRA reaffirmed the full promise of the most vital pillar of our democracy and reasserted the fundamental truth that all are created equal.  But, seizing on the disastrous Shelby County decision and the wave of state voter ID laws and pernicious new barriers to the ballot box, the Trump Administration is emboldening voter suppression efforts across America.  The President’s ‘Election Integrity’ Commission is just the latest Republican effort to use the specter of ‘voter fraud’ as a pretext to disenfranchise working families and communities of color.
 
“Democrats will continue to fight pernicious and discriminatory barriers to the ballot box, and to defend the right to vote for which generations of Americans have fought and sacrificed.  In their name,  we will fight to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Voter Empowerment Act to ensure that all Americans enjoy, in the words of President Lyndon Johnson, ‘the right which no American true to our principles can deny.’”

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