The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Essay

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The modern White House has not advanced an initiative unilaterally promoting voter registration dating back to the Kennedy Administration. However, most Democratic presidents have tangentially supported voter registration while in office. In 2010, President Obama issued a one-paragraph statement for Voter Registration Month, which urged qualified persons to register. Then, President Obama, at a town hall in Cleveland, Ohio, suggested mandatory voting 2015.

Other presidents have symbolically supported voter registration. Presidents Kennedy and Clinton signed executive orders (EO) surrounding legislation addressing voter registration. In 1963, President Kennedy signed, and President Johnson later extended, an EO established a commission on registration and voter participation leading up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Then, thirty years later, in 1993, President Clinton signed an EO implementing the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. Presidents Kennedy and Clinton did not create executive branch voter registration campaigns because both EOs surrounded legislation.

Michelle Obama has also made public comments on voter registration. In 2012, the First Lady delivered a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation urging elected officials and staffers to register their constituents to vote. Then in 2014, she delivered a speech at a voter registration event in Georgia where she specifically urged college students to register.

In June of 2015, presidential…

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