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Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibited racial discrimination in voting. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court weakened a key plank of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval. This change resulted in new measures, including voter ID laws, in Virginia and elsewhere that make it harder for some people to vote. States also took the opportunity to redraw voting districts with race and party affiliations as determining factors.

Read about the June 26 Voting Rights Rally in Roanoke in Dan Casey's June 28, 2016, column in The Roanoke Times.

Our member, Rebecca Shankman, representing the Virginia League, gave a great short talk. You can watch it in a video taken by Carol Noggle, LWV-VA 2nd Vice President. Go to the and, on the home page, see VA LEAGUE MEMBERS PARTICIPATE IN VRA REFORM DEMONSTRATION IN ROANOKE

Then, scroll down to, "To see Carol's video of Shankman's speech, Click Here

For LWV-US coverage of the Rally see their Action Alert blog