In this 50th Anniversary Year of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), we celebrate the voting access brought by this historic legislation. This legislation included federal protection in those jurisdictions with a strong history of racially-based voting suppression -- in the forms of violent intimidation at the polls, poll taxes, language obstacles, voter identification barriers, and racist gerrymandering and more.
But two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ended much of this federal protection in Shelby v. Holder, saying that those jurisdictions were no longer entitled to this special protection. As we see new attempts to impede voting access every day -- for example, through voter ID laws that keep low-wage workers and immigrants from qualifying to vote, or through proposed laws to discount non-citizen immigrants in redistricting tabulations -- we celebrate the anniversary that this year represents by recommitting ourselves to the fight for voting rights.
Moderator: Kathay Feng, Executive Director, California Common Cause & National Redistricting Director
Panelists: Thomas A. Saenz (MALDEF), Rusty Hicks (Los Angeles County Federation of Labor), Alice Goff (AFSCME DC 36)