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S. 1564 (89th): An Act to enforce the 15th amendment to the Constitution of the United States

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The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a landmark piece of federal legislation in the United States that prohibits racial discrimination in voting. It was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson during the height of the Civil Rights Movement on August 6, 1965, and Congress later amended the Act five times to expand its protections. Designed to enforce the voting rights guaranteed by the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, the Act secured the right to vote for racial minorities throughout the country, especially in the South. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the Act is considered to be the most effective piece of federal civil rights legislation ever enacted in the country.

The Act contains numerous provisions that regulate elections. The Act ...

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89th Congress (1965–1966)

Enacted on Aug 6, 1965

Pub.L. 89-110

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Last Updated: Aug 6, 1965