DNC Statement on Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

Washington, DC--Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and DNC Voting Rights Institute Chair Donna Brazile issued the following statement to commemorate the forty-third anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965:

"This week we commemorate the signing of the Voting Rights Act, a bill that has come to be known as one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in history.  Its mission was to promote democracy by tearing down institutional barriers to voter registration and polling places and represents our core Democratic values.  This legislation has brought enormous advancement, but there is more work to be done to improve the voting process and ensure it is fair and accessible to all.  That's why the Democratic Party is still working everyday to fulfill the full promise of the Voting Rights Acts and make it easier to register to vote, cast a ballot and know your vote counts.  And we need a president committed to the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act and protecting the rights of all citizens to participate in the electoral process."