Colorado Springs, Colorado 2022-08-06 18:43:56 –
Colorado Springs — The Voting Rights Act was signed into law 57 years ago in 1965.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed this act at the height of the civil rights movement. After the Civil War, many Southern states banned discriminatory voting practices, including literacy tests as a prerequisite to voting.
In 1964, numerous peaceful demonstrations organized by civil rights leaders and the considerable violence they faced refocused attention on the issue of voting rights. The killing of a voting rights activist in Mississippi and the attack by a white state trooper against a peaceful marcher in Selma, Alabama, captured national attention and persuaded President Johnson and Congress to make a meaningful and effective launched a national voting rights law. The Voting Rights Act was signed into law by Johnson on August 6, 1965.
The Voting Rights Act had an immediate impact. According to the National Archives, by the end of 1965 he had 250,000 new registered black voters, one-third of whom were registered by federal examiners. By the end of 1966, only four of her 13 states in the South had African-American voter registration rates below her 50%.
This law was re-adopted and strengthened in 1970, 1975 and 1982.
In a social media post, Gov. Jared Polis wrote:
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