SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) released the following statement on today’s 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This law prohibited racial discrimination in voting and enforced the voting rights guaranteed by the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution:
“Today marks the 55th anniversary of a milestone for the United States. As we celebrate this momentous day, let us reflect on the progress we have made and our commitment to continue pushing for further equity within our nation. Voter identification and disenfranchising voter laws have weakened our citizen’s rights to vote, especially in communities of color. We need to make every effort to strengthen and protect voting rights for all Americans.”
Assemblymember Cooper represents the Cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt and Lodi.