Statement from NYC Public Advocate Letitia James:
“Half a century ago, the Voting Rights Act broke down one of the biggest barriers to equality for millions of Americans – eliminating Jim Crow practices like voting literacy tests and poll taxes.
The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy, but there are still those trying to turn back the clock of progress and limit access to the ballot box for people of color. Last night, a federal appeals court ruled on the side of justice, striking down a bigoted Texas voter identification law.
We must continue to fight back against efforts to reinstate discriminatory practices that belong in history books, not in modern society.
It is up to us to continue the progress of our forefathers and mothers and fortify the right to vote for all Americans.”
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