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Voting Rights Act of 1965

Extending the right to vote in Md.

Extending the right to vote in Md.

The right to vote is "the first right and the most vital of all our rights," declared President Lyndon Johnson when introducing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to a joint session of Congress. Fifty years later, we must still fight to protect the right of every American to vote, because in our democracy all other rights flow from it.

Unfortunately, over the past decade, dozens of states have limited the right of Americans to choose their elected officials. States have enacted onerous voter ID laws that prevent minorities, the elderly and young people from voting. They have cut early voting and limited access to the ballot in myriad other ways. These laws undermine our...