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Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a defining advancement in the fight towards equality, ensuring that minority voters were no longer disenfranchised at the voting booth.
On Thursday, the California State Senate passed a bill to allow Election Day Registration (EDR), which will allow citizens to register to vote up to and on the day of an election.
In March, the Justice Department blocked the implementation of the Texas voter ID law, finding that the proposed legislation would effectively disenfranchise significant portions of the state’s Hispanic community.