Texas Democrats Celebrate the 49th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. The Voting Rights Act protects voters everywhere and prohibits discrimination against minority groups based on race or native language.
Last year, the Supreme Court of the United States muffled the Voting Rights Act, cutting a key section of the law which offered protections to voters in states with a history of voter suppression. Within hours of the decision, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott began systematically stripping the right to vote from minorities and longtime voters. [New York Times, 6/25/2013]
In celebration of this landmark legislation, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement:
“When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, he was met with resistance from within his own party and from leaders across the country. As a southern Democrat, he made the courageous choice to do what was right, rather than what was easy. The Voting Rights Act altered the lives of many Americans and changed the landscape and future of our nation.
“Today, Texas Democrats continue the fight for justice and equality for all Texans. As long as the Republican Party of Texas continues to raise barriers, we will continue to fight and knock them down. Texas Democrats know that every vote is important. We must restore the Voting Rights Act so that the voice of every Texan can be heard.”