Congresswoman Wilson’s Statement on Anniversary of Voting Rights Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), issued the following statement on the 47th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on August 6, 1965:
“Today, we commemorate the 47th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, a historic milestone in the Civil Rights Movement. So many people died so that we could have the right to vote. I never thought that in my lifetime we would have to fight again for our Constitutional right to vote.
“There has never been any evidence of mass voter fraud in Florida. The changes to Florida’s voting laws are a cynical voter suppression effort targeted at people who tend to support Democrats – college students, minorities and seniors. Shrinking the early voting window and purging voters from the rolls are the Florida Republicans’ latest attempt to disenfranchise voters for their own political gain.
“Don’t let anyone stop you from exercising your Constitutional right to vote. The best way to guarantee that your vote counts is to get an absentee ballot.
To contact the Miami-Dade Elections Department, call (305) 499-8444 or visit http://www.miamidade.gov/elections/vote_absentee.asp. For the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, call (954) 357-7050 or visit http://www.browardsoe.org/content.aspx?id=30.”