August 6, 2020 Press Releases

Arizona Democratic Party Statement on the 55th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Contact: Tyler Cherry, tcherry@azdem.org

Arizona Democratic Party Statement on the 55th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

PHOENIX — Today, Arizona Democratic Party Political Director Quiana Dickenson released the following statement to commemorate the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act:

“Our democracy was founded on the sacred right to vote. But year after year, Republicans plot and scheme to create new barriers to the ballot box designed to silence and discount communities of color and young voters. Fifty-five years ago, civil rights icons like Congressman John Lewis were beaten and bloodied in the struggle to pass the Voting Rights Act, which gave us the power to fight back and build a better, more representative democracy. Today, those protections have been gutted by Republican voter suppression efforts and decisions like Shelby v. Holder, which have rolled back so much of the progress we’ve made.

“Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, Donald Trump is making partisan attempts to suppress Americans’ right to vote for his own political benefit. Voting by mail is safe, secure, and easy — even Doug Ducey agrees. Trump’s baseless claims against mail-in voting undermine faith in our elections and jeopardize the health and safety of voters. But Arizonans won’t be silenced, and we will make our voices heard. Come November, we will elect leaders like Joe Biden, Mark Kelly, and Democrats up and down the ballot who understand that when we strengthen the right to vote, we strengthen our democracy.”