“The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.”
-Lyndon B. Johnson
Today we mark the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark piece of legislation signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson that that broke the grip of racial injustice at the ballot box.
We shouldn’t forget that a majority of Americans didn’t just get the right to vote because of their age, they had tofight for it.
This long and hard fight from marches, to demonstrations, from sit-ins, to court cases, legislation, and for some even constitutional amendments led these Americans to gain a right that so many Americans take for granted,the right to vote.
That is why it is so alarming that Republicans across this country and in West Virginia are doing things to try and make it more difficult to vote.
Republicans in Congress have tried to get rid of the Voting Rights Act, refused to restore it, and continue to pass laws that make it more difficult for seniors, younger generations, women, minorities and even persons with disabilities to vote. From passing voter ID laws, restricting access to early voting, and requiring women to provide more and more documents, Republicans are constricting and making it more difficult for us to vote. Republicans have actively tried to change the rules in order to gain an advantage, and as our good friend Donna Brazile would say, if you try and change the rules in the middle of the game, where I come from, that’s called cheating.
Democrats believe that a democracy works best when more people participate.
We cannot let the Republicans continue to restrict access to the ballot!
As Martin Luther King Jr stated “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
Curt Zickafoose, Executive Director