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Congressman Marc Veasey

Representing the 33rd District of Texas

Veasey Statement on the 51st Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

Aug 5, 2016
Press Release

Fort Worth / Dallas, Texas —Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, released the following statement to commemorate the 51st anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act into law:

“On August 6, 1965, during the height of the Civil Rights movement, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law to ensure that all Americans were equally protected when accessing the ballot box.  As we commemorate the accomplishments of this monumental bipartisan legislation, we must remember there is still work to be done to protect the rights of all Americans today."

"In 2013, the Shelby v. Holder Supreme Court decision dismantled key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, opening the door for new laws that once again discriminate against African-American, Hispanics, and other minority citizens. Just hours after the Supreme Court handed down the decision, my home state of Texas implemented one of the most egregious Voter ID laws in the nation. Despite this blow to our democracy, just last month, I successfully led the charge to challenge Texas’ Voter ID law in Veasey v. Abbott. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit’s decision stated that the law was unconstitutional and ensured that Texas voters are one step closer to having their voting rights fully restored."

"On this 51st anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, I remind my House colleagues that it is up to House Republicans to stand on the right side of history and work with House Democrats to pass revised and strengthened voting right protections."

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Congressman Marc Veasey was the lead plaintiff in Veasey v. Abbott, successfully challenging the most restrictive Voter ID law in the nation. In May 2016, Veasey launched the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus (CVRC) to educate and empower constituencies on their rights as voters, and to create and advance legislation that blocks current and future suppressive and discriminatory tactics that deny American citizens the sacred right to vote.