Civil rights groups are pushing the Department of Justice to deny approval in South Carolina, Texas, Florida, and Alabama, states that fall under the Voting Rights Act and many other state laws failed or were vetoed. But the legislation is likely to be reintroduced next year.
Throughout history, people of conscience have courageously fought back against efforts to deny democracy to all. We succeeded in eliminating literacy tests, poll taxes, and Jim Crow. By marching tirelessly forward to ensure that all have the right to vote, we strengthened the very fabric of America's promise. We must fight again now. The soul of our nation's character is at stake and we cannot stop until we can say that all Americans have an equal voice in shaping their destiny and their democracy.