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In North Carolina and Across the Nation, The Voting Rights Act is Still Necessary

In North Carolina and Across the Nation, The Voting Rights Act is Still Necessary

By Chris Brook, Legal Director, ACLU of North Carolina at 2:19pm
The right of every eligible citizen to cast a ballot and participate in the democratic process is one of the most deeply held American values. But, as any observer of history knows, that right has not always been extended equally in North Carolina or across the nation, particularly to African-Americans and other voters of color. In 1965, efforts to suppress the votes of minorities, particularly in the South, led the United States Congress to pass the historic Voting Rights Act (VRA), which has, for generations, been used to ensure that elections are free, fair, and accessible to all eligible voters.
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