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Sarbanes Statement on 48th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act
TOWSON – U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today released the following statement to mark the 48th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act:
“Forty-eight years ago, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act to protect every American’s right to have a voice at the polls. Born of the civil rights movement, the VRA fundamentally changed our democracy for the better.
“Since 1965, Congress has repeatedly renewed the Voting Rights Act with wide bipartisan margins – most recently in 2006. This year, however, the Supreme Court dealt a severe blow to these critical protections by striking down key components of the law. As we recognize this anniversary, we must also reaffirm our commitment to passing legislation that will restore this important law and protect the right to vote for generations to come.”
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