Essay on The Voting Rights Act Of 1965

908 Words Apr 29th, 2015 4 Pages
In a Democracy it is important to have frequent elections where all adults have the availability to participate. Until recent history the United States had mechanism put in place where some groups of society had multiple obstacles. Mechanisms like poll tax and literacy tests were given to reduce the number of minority voters. Individuals were even disfranchised and had no capability to vote. Devices and mechanisms able to break the burden of disfranchisement had first began in 1965 when a group of peaceful marchers traveled to Selma, Alabama, to the state capital of Montgomery to push and promote legislation for the creation of new voting rights legislation. From this sparked the creation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Being called the most effective legislation toward civil rights ever passed by Congress1. Congress enacted the Voting Rights Act to “banish the blight of racial discrimination in voting”2.This can be seen directly in Section two, banning any voting qualification that would keep someone from voting. This defines what acts cannot be done to stop a minority from voting. There have been four major reauthorizations done by Congress toward the Voting Rights Act. Each creating a broader scope for the act and expanding the definition of voting rights. The act was intended to be temporary and was not intended to be ongoing legislation. In 2013, changes towards the Voting Rights Act was put to the test in the case Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court case,…

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