Hartford, CT — Connecticut Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo released the following statement commemorating the 49th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 being signed into law:
“On this day nearly half a century ago, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law — because no American should be systemically denied democracy’s most fundamental right. To combat the discrimination that pervaded election practices, it was passed in a time of social strife and civil discord. It stands to this day, because it was both a symbol of progress and a legal codification of basic American values. Every citizen has the right to vote. Every vote should count.
“Since the law’s passage, progress has occurred, but there is more to do. We must stand up to overly-restrictive laws that impede the right to vote. That is what we, as Democrats, continue to fight for.”