The Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, is the signature piece of legislation that helped to restore the right to vote guaranteed by the 14th and 15th Amendments. The Voting Rights Act has been called the single most effective piece of civil rights legislation ever passed by Congress.
You can learn more about the history of the Voting Rights Act and the struggles that led to its passage using the links below.
In recent years, the Voting Rights Act has come under attack from those who want to turn back the clock and place burdensome restrictions on voting, leading to a decrease in voter participation.
Click on the links below to read more about recent attacks on the Voting Rights Act.