“Fifty-two years ago, our country enshrined into law that everyone has a voice, and that our government should not and cannot infringe on the one right that preserves all others – the right to vote. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was the result of thousands of Americans who believed in a fairer and more just society, and because of their struggle, countless Americans have made their voices heard at the ballot box.
“Today, however, voting rights are under attack, including here in North Carolina. New hurdles, such as strict voter ID laws, shorter polling hours, and restrictions on early and absentee voting, limit access to the ballot box so those in power can cement their power. On the 52nd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, we honor the sacrifices of those who fought before us, but also recommit to building on their accomplishments to ensure that every voice is heard and that every vote counts.”