LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Blacks Still Struggling to Vote

5/21/2014, 3 p.m.
I agree that voting rights continues to be one of the most pressing civil rights issues faced by the Congressional ...
Pennsylvania had required government-issued identification to vote in all of the state's elections. (Courtesy photo)

Thanks for the nice article, “CBC Fights to Preserve Voting Rights [May 15 - May 21] by Stacy M. Brown.

I found the article to be extremely enlightening, and agree that voting rights continues to be one of the most pressing civil rights issues faced by the Congressional Black Caucus.

I too, hope that the Caucus members will be successful in their efforts surrounding legislation to restore those vital components of the 1965 Civil Rights Act, which were stricken down last year by the U.S. Supreme Court.

However, I am concerned about Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, not having obtained enough signatures to get on the Aug. 5 Democratic ballot in Detroit, as I feel his voice would be a powerful one moving the legislation forward.

Much of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, centers on the fact that, "a democratic system rests ultimately on the belief that each man is the best judge of his own interests and that he should have, through the ballot box, a voice in choosing those who govern him.”

With that said, it’s a shame that 50 years later, black people in this country still struggle to exercise this most honorable right.

James Henderson

Washington, D.C.

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