AFSC South Carolina Voter Education Project of 1966
When Congress passed the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965, it was enthusiastically signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. The law marked a signal achievement in the long struggle for equality in this country by outlawing any unconstitutional impediments to the right to vote. Given recent laws passed in several states, and the Supreme Court decision invalidating a key section of the act, it is worth citing the exact language of Sec. 2 to underscore its original intent: “No voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure shall be imposed or applied by any State or political subdivision to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.” Read More.