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                                    THIRD READING

          Bill No:  AJR 13
          Author:   Ridley-Thomas (D), et al.
          Amended:  8/17/15 in Assembly
          Vote:     21 

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  78-0, 8/17/15 - See last page for vote

           SUBJECT:   The Voting Rights Act of 1965

          SOURCE:    Author

          DIGEST:          This resolution recognizes August 6, 2015, as the 50th  
          anniversary of the signing of the federal Voting Rights Act of  
          1965.  This resolution also urges the Congress and President of  
          the United states to continue to secure citizens' right to vote  
          and remedy any racial discrimination in voting.
          ANALYSIS:   This resolution makes the following legislative  

          1)Signed into law on August 6, 1965, by President Lyndon B.  
            Johnson, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a landmark piece of  
            federal legislation in the United States.

          2)One hundred and forty-five years ago, in 1870, Congress  
            ratified the 15th Amendment, which declared that the right to  
            vote shall not be denied or abridged on the basis of race,  
            color, or previous condition of servitude.

          3)During the 1920s, African Americans in Selma, Alabama formed  
            the Dallas County Voters League (DCVL). During the 1960s in  


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            partnership with organizers from the Student Nonviolent  
            Coordinating Committee, the DCVL held registration drives and  
            classes to help African Americans in Dallas County pass the  
            literacy tests required to register to vote. On March 7th,  
            1965, the first march from Selma to Montgomery took place. The  
            march, nicknamed "Bloody Sunday" for the horrific attack on  
            unarmed marchers by armed police, was broadcast nationwide and  
            led to a national outcry for the passage of the Voting Rights  

          4)Often regarded as one of the most effective civil rights laws,  
            the Voting Rights Act was passed with the intent to ban  
            discriminatory voting policies at all levels of government.

          5)The Voting Rights Act is credited for the enfranchisement of  
            millions of minority voters as well as the diversification of  
            the electorate and legislative bodies throughout all levels of  

          6)Before Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act was added in 1975,  
            language minorities were disenfranchised from the electoral  
            process. Section 203 required certain jurisdictions to provide  
            registration or voting notices, forms, instructions,  
            assistance, or other materials and information regarding the  
            electoral precess in the language of the applicable minority  

          7)In June of 2013, the Supreme Court struck down key sections of  
            the Voting Rights Act that were designed to prevent  
            discriminatory voting policies that can disenfranchise  
            minority voters.  Despite 50 years of progress, racial  
            minorities continue to face voting barriers in jurisdictions  
            with a history of discrimination.

          This resolution:


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          1)Recognizes August 6, 2015, as the 50th Anniversary of the  
            signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and recognizes the  
            significant progress made by the Voting Rights Act to protect  
            every citizen's right to vote.

          2)Honors and remembers those who struggled and died for this  

          3)Urges the Congress and the President of the United States to  
            continue to secure citizens' right to vote and remedy any  
            racial discrimination in voting.

          Prior Legislation

          AJR 15 (Alejo, Resolution Chapter 60, Statutes of 2013) urged  
          the Supreme Court of the United States to affirm the  
          constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

          SJR 14 (Yee, Resolution Chapter 133, Statutes of 2013) urged the  
          Congress and President of the United States to enact amendments  
          to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that would restore Section 4 of  
          the Act with a new coverage formula and update the entire Act in  
          order to address ongoing violations of voting rights in the  

          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:NoLocal:    No

          SUPPORT:   (Verified8/26/15)

          Asian Americans Advancing Justice
          California Association of Clerks and Election Officials
          Future of California Elections


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          OPPOSITION:   (Verified8/26/15)

          None received

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  78-0, 8/17/15
           AYES: Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Baker, Bigelow, Bloom,  
            Bonilla, Bonta, Brough, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chang,  
            Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle,  
            Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia,  
            Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray,  
            Grove, Hadley, Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones,  
            Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low,  
            Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin,  
            Nazarian, Obernolte, O'Donnell, Olsen, Patterson, Perea,  
            Quirk, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago,  
            Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber,  
            Wilk, Williams, Wood, Atkins
           NO VOTE RECORDED: Beth Gaines, Harper

          Prepared by:  Karen Chow / SFA / (916) 651-1520
          8/26/15 16:14:09

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