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  • The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed during the presidential administration of Lyndon B. Johnson (1908–73). He used considerable political acumen to get the act through an embattled Congress during a time when the nation was horrified by violence perpetrated against voting rights activists and black citizens attempting to vote.
  • The Voting Rights Act was one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation ever passed. It protected the voting rights of African Americans by outlawing the widespread practices used to prevent them from registering in several areas in the South.
  • The act was hailed as a milestone victory by civil rights advocates, but it was—and still is—repeatedly attacked by some who see it as shredding "states' rights"—or the right to make laws on the state level without interference from the federal government.
  • For the most part, the Supreme Court has upheld the Voting Rights Act, but in 2013 the Supreme Court ruled that an important section of the law is unconstitutional, which opened the door for states to create new roadblocks to voter registration.
  • Despite the Supreme Court ruling, the Voting Rights Act remains an important piece of legislation protecting the rights of citizens.


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