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Voting Rights Act Quotes


"Racial discrimination in elections in Texas is no mere historical artifact. To the contrary, Texas has been found in violation of the Voting Rights Act in every redistricting cycle from and after 1970." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"The right of voting for representatives , is the primary right by which other rights are protected." - Thomas Paine

"The rights [to religious freedom] are of the natural rights of mankind, and ... if any act shall be ... passed to repeal [an act granting those rights] or to narrow its operation, such act will be an infringement of natural right." - Thomas Jefferson

"No one questions the validity, the urgency, the essentiality of the Voting Rights Act." - Anthony Kennedy

"Parts of the Voting Rights Act are due to expire next year if Congress doesn't extend them, including the section that guarantees that voting rights will be protected by the federal government." - Marty Meehan

"The Civil Rights Act of 1964 laid the foundation for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but it also addressed nearly every other aspect of daily life in a would-be free democratic society." - Aberjhani

"From 1965 to 1967, my dad, Jack Gilligan, served in Congress and helped pass landmark laws like the Voting Rights Act." - Kathleen Sebelius

"This is nothing new. We saw this with the Social Security Act, the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Right Act - constitutional challenges were brought to all three of these monumental pieces of legislation." - Stephanie Cutter

"Today neither of our two parties maintains a meaningful commitment to the principle of States' Rights. The 10th Amendment is not a 'general assumption' but a rule of law. States rights mean that states have a right to act or not to act, as they see fit, in areas reserved to them." - Barry Goldwater

"Her [Jurdge Sandra Day O'Connor] judgment has also been critical in protecting our environmental rights. She joined in 5-4 majorities affirming reproductive freedom and religious freedom and the Voting Rights Act." - Patrick Leahy

"The Democrats co-opted the credit for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But if you go back and look at the history, a larger percentage of Republicans voted for that than did Democrats. But a Democrat president signed it, so they co-opted credit for having passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965." - Herman Cain

"I consider non-violence to be compassion in action. It doesn't mean weakness, cowering in fear, or simply doing nothing. It is to act without violence, motivated by compassion, recognising the rights of others." - Dalai Lama

"Movements are not radical. Movements are the American way. A small group of abolitionists writing and speaking eventually led to the end of slavery. A few stirred-up women brought about women's voting. The Populist movement, the Progressive movement, the anti-Vietnam War movement, the women's movement - the examples go on and on of 'little people' getting together and telling the truth about their lives. They made our government act." - Unita Blackwell

"The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was indeed a vital instrument of democracy, ensuring the integrity and reliability of a democratic process that we as a Country hold so dear." - Charles B Rangel

"Americans of our own time - minority and majority Americans alike - need the continued guidance that the Voting Rights Act provides. We have come a long way, but more needs to be done." - Elijah Cummings

"The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was indeed a vital instrument of democracy, ensuring the integrity and reliability of a democratic process that we as a Country hold so dear." - Charles Rangel

"It's time for Congress to act, restore the Voting Rights Act, and take action to prevent voter disenfranchisem ent. As your next Congresswoman, I will stand up to the extremists in the Republican Party to ensure civil rights are protected for everyone." - Alma Adams

"I recognize no rights but human rights-I know nothing of men's rights and women's rights ..." - Angelina Grimke

"I have been a long and strong supporter of civil rights in my whole career. I led the fight to get the voting rights act re-enacted. I have been a strong supporter of affirmative action. I believe in it strongly." - Dick Gephardt

"What gets lost is that the Republican Party has always been the party of civil rights and voting rights." - Rand Paul

"We live in a country where voting rights get gutted but Sharknado gets a sequel." - John Fugelsang

"The first thing that has to happen is the protection of voting rights and registration." - Jesse Jackson

"I'm not a feminist,' some women say sternly as they march off to work where equal opportunity legislation protects them ... Women who say they are not feminists and act like individuals with basic human rights have just got their terminology wrong." - Kaz Cooke

"This bill attempts to make sure that President Clinton is not allowed to do by Executive Order what Congress has declined to enact in the past two congressional sessions namely, to treat homosexuals as a special class protected under various titles of the Civil Rights Act of 1964." - Jesse Helms

"President Lyndon Johnson's high spirits were marked as he circulated among the many guests whom he had invited to witness an event he confidently felt to be historic, the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.... The bill that lay on the polished mahogany desk was born in violence in Selma, Alabama, where a stubborn sheriff... had stumbled against the future." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Having personally watched the Voting Rights Act being signed into law that August day, I can't begin to imagine how we could have all been so wrong in believing that more Americans would vote once they were all truly free to do so." - Andrew Young

"It has been hard to get my head around how Justice Antonin Scalia rationalizes his decisions. His body blow to the Voting Rights Act was a head scratcher, but at least he was calm when he attempted to justify his odd logic." - Henry Rollins

"Any woman who votes for no-fault divorce is like a turkey voting for Thanksgiving." - Pat Robertson

"If you vote for Al Smith, you're voting against Christ and you will all be damned." - Mordecai Ham

"Management has no divine rights." - Walter Reuther

"There is no such dichotomy as 'human rights' versus 'property rights.' No human rights can exist without property rights." - Ayn Rand

"Voting is as much an emotional act as it is an intellectual one." - Monica Crowley

"Today, unfortunately, the right to vote seems to have become a partisan issue. Democrats seek to guarantee and expand voting rights. Republicans try to undermine and suppress voting rights." - Donna Brazile

"The more that voting is glorified as a panacea, the more lackadaisical people become about preserving their constitutional rights." - James Bovard

"Blacks have no rights - in fact they were three - fifths human according to the constitution to give slave owners more voting rights. So that's African Americans." - Noam Chomsky

"Where all your rights become only an accumulated wrong; where men must beg with bated breath for leave to subsist in their own land, to think their own thoughts, to sing their own songs, to garner the fruits of their own labors...then surely it is a braver, a saner and truer thing, to be a rebel in act and deed against such circumstances as these than tamely to accept it as the natural lot of men." - Roger Casement

"It is to law alone that men owe justice and liberty. It is this salutary organ, of the will of all which establishes in civil rights the natural equality between men. It is this celestial voice which dictates to each citizen the precepts of public reason, and teaches him to act according to the rules of his own judgment and not to behave inconsistently with himself. It is with this voice alone that political leaders should speak when. they command." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Solidarity is learned through 'contact' rather than 'concepts.' Students in the course of their formation, must let the gritty reality of this world into their lives, so they can learn to feel it, think about it critically, respond to its suffering and engage it constructively. They should learn to perceive, think, judge, choose and act for the rights of others, especially the disadvantaged and the oppressed." - Peter Hans Kolvenbach

"Voting for impersonal parties and their programmes is a false substitute for the only true way to elect people's representatives: voting by an actual person for an actual candidate." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"When some people ask me about voting, they would say will you support this candidate or that candidate? I say: "I will support this candidate for one minute that I am in the voting booth. At that moment I will support A versus B, but before I am going to the voting booth, and after I leave the voting booth, I am going to concentrate on organizing people and not organizing electoral campaign."" - Howard Zinn

"By voting, we add our voice to the chorus that forms opinions and the basis for actions" - Jens Stoltenberg

"Boycotting the referendum is a possible option ... because we believe that participating in the voting might be a useless act." - Saleh al-Mutlaq

"I believe that voting is the first act of building a community as well as building a country." - John Ensign

"Voting is the foundational act that breathes life into the principle of the consent of the governed." - Deforest Soaries

"The act of making poetry is an act of hope." - Natasha Trethewey

"An act of imagination is an act of self-acceptance." - Richard Hugo

"The act of memory is an act of ghostwriting." - David Mitchell

"Psychiatry does not commit human rights abuse. It is a human rights abuse." - Thomas Szasz

"Animal rights without veganism is like human rights with slavery. It makes no sense. None whatsoever." - Gary L Francione

"Eating is a political act." - Michael Pollan

"At the end of the day, these are issues that need to be discussed: femicides, among other things - immigrant rights, women's' rights, indigenous people's rights, animal rights, Mother Earth's rights. If we don't talk about these topics, then we have no place in democracy. It won't exist. Democracy isn't just voting; it's relegating your rights." - Ruben Isaac Albarran Ortega

"I spent many years working for voting rights, but we still see sophisticated efforts, led by white officials, to disenfranchise black voters in local and national elections." - Edward Brooke

"Did you know that we are the only people in the United States who have to have their voting rights okayed every couple of years?" - Whoopi Goldberg

"Poor whites didn't have rights. They made all kind of restrictions on voting. So person meant relatively well - off, free white man." - Noam Chomsky

"I'm surprised John Lewis didn't invoke the suppression of voting rights in this election [2016]. I still think it's one of the most underreported stories." - Katrina vanden Heuvel

"Ever since the civil rights movement, the black church has always encouraged people to utilize their voting right, which is a right that was fought for." - Otis Moss III

"Women ought to be fully guarded by law in all rights of property, labor, profession, etc.; but, roughly stated, the voting population ought to represent the fighting population." - John Boyle Oreilly

"Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper." - Larry Flynt

"I think what happened during the Great Depression was that African Americans understood that Republicans championed citizenship and voting rights but they became impatient for economic emancipation." - Rand Paul

"The act of taking my own life is not something that I do without a lot of thought. I don't believe that people should take their own lives without deep and thoughtful reflection over a considerable period of time. I do believe strongly, however, that the right to do so is one of the most fundamental rights anyone in a free society should have. For me much of the world makes no sense, but my feelings about what I am doing ring loud and clear to an inner ear and to a place where there is no self, only calm. Love always, Wendy." - Wendy O Williams

"Majorities can be wrong, majorities can overrule rights of minorities. If majorities ruled, we could still have slavery. 80% of the population once enslaved 20% of the population. While run by majority rule that is ok. That is very flawed notion of what democracy is. Democracy has to take into account several things - proportionate requirements of people, not just needs of the majority, but also needs of the minority. Majority, especially in societies where the media manipulates public opinion, can be totally wrong and evil. People have to act according to conscience and not by majority vote." - Howard Zinn

"In terms of political contributions, the free speech rights of corporations I dont think deserve the same protections as the free speech rights of real living, breathing, voting humans." - Chris Coons

"I deeply understand the history of civil rights and the horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and sisters. I have witnessed it." - Jeff Sessions

"Experiments in digitizing and running neural wetware under emulation are well established; some radical libertarians claim that, as the technology matures, death-with its draconian curtailment of property and voting rights-will become the biggest civil rights issue of all." - Charles Stross

"Experiments in digitizing and running neural wetware under emulation are well established; some radical libertarians claim that, as the technology matures, death with its draconian curtailment of property and voting rights will become the biggest civil rights issue of all." - Charles Stross

"In terms of political contributions, the free speech rights of corporations I don't think deserve the same protections as the free speech rights of real living, breathing, voting humans." - Chris Coons

"Strong views exist on both sides but I believe MPs voting for gay people being able to marry too, is a step forward for our country." - David Cameron

"The biggest danger for a politician is to shake hands with a man who is physically stronger, has been drinking, and is voting for the other guy." - William Proxmire

"Politics is not just about voting one day every four years. Politics is the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the road we walk on." - Unita Blackwell

"A lot of people voting for Pat Buchanan say they are doing so to send a message. Apparently that message is, 'Hey, look at me, I'm an idiot.'" - Dennis Miller

"If the right wing has their way and state's rights control voting rights, they would remove protections that make it difficult for seniors to vote. It would be harder for students to vote on campus. These are attempts to suppress acts of voting." - Jesse Jackson

"We've talked more about civil rights after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than we talked about it before 1964." - Clarence Thomas

"The idea of an election is much more interesting to me than the election itself...The act of voting is in itself the defining moment." - Jeff Melvoin

"Feingold won big after voting against the Iraq war and Bush's tax cuts, and having cast the lone vote in the Senate against the Patriot Act" - Russ Feingold

"Its easy to view politicians as corrupt and voting essentially an act of picking the lesser of two evils. I understand that perspective and feel it's valid." - Macklemore

"No Republican questions or disputes civil rights. I have never wavered in my support for civil rights or the civil rights act." - Rand Paul

"No political party has exclusive patent rights on prosperity." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"Like being a woman, like being a racial religious tribal or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights." - Hillary Clinton

"Never exceed your rights, and they will soon become unlimited." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Attack another's rights and you destroy your own." - John Jay Chapman

"Grant others the same rights as you claim for yourself." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"The right to life is the first among human rights." - Pope Francis

"Despotic rules are attempting to deprive women of their rights." - Yousef Saanei

"Rights come from God and only from God." - Alan Keyes

"The laws that stopped blacks from voting were the worst, because they prevented blacks from voting someone into parliament who could change the other laws. Even though the blacks were the majority of the population, they were still not getting a say." - Nelson Mandela

"In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country" - John F Kennedy

"In a free government the security for civil rights must be the same as that for religious rights." - James Madison

"Nothing in our Constitution suggests that government is a grantor of rights. Instead, government is a protector of rights." - Walter E. Williams

"We need not concern ourselves much about rights of property if we faithfully observe the rights of persons." - Calvin Coolidge

"Poetry is an act of peace." - Pablo Neruda

"Stop explaining yourself. Shut up and act!" - Craig MacDonald

"Either I act or I die." - Al Pacino

"The act of meditation is being spacious." - Sogyal Rinpoche

"Buying wine is a political act." - Jonathan Nossiter

"Love is an act of courage." - Paulo Freire

"Dream Big. Start small. Act now." - Robin S. Sharma

"Motherhood is always an act of courage." - Stacy Schiff

"To garden is a solitary act." - Michelle Cliff

"Act by inspiration, motivated by love." - Russell M Nelson

"Giving words [is] an act of lovers." - Francois Rabelais

"Quick!! Act as if nothing has happened!" - Dorothy Parker

"Writing is the act of discovery." - Natalie Goldberg

"In a police state, referencing one's rights is seen as an act of aggression." - Philip Schuyler

"I would have voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964." - Ronald Reagan

"It is difficult to overstate the importance of the Civil Rights Act." - Bobby Scott

"We must adopt reforms which will expand the range of opportunities for all Americans. We can fulfill the American dream only when each person has a fair chance to fulfill his own dreams. This means equal voting rights, equal employment opportunity and new opportunities for expanded ownership, because in order to be secure in their human rights, people need access to property rights." - Richard M. Nixon

"When the civil rights community raised a lot of concerns around the nomination of Mr. Sessions, Senator Sessions, one of the things was that he`s on record of saying things intrusive, like voting rights,that he doesn`t believe the federal government should interfere with local policing, almost like states` rights kind of rhetoric." - Al Sharpton

"The US is off the spectrum in religious commitment. It's been increasing since 1980 but it's a major part of the voting base of the Republican Party so that means committing to anti-abortion positions, opposing women's rights." - Noam Chomsky

"It is an honor to be awarded with such a high rating from an organization as well respected as the NAACP. I am pleased that the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the nation, has recognized my voting record." - Joe Baca

"We have seen voters denied their rights in recent elections as they have been incorrectly purged from lists, their absentee votes not counted, and voting machine integrity and security not assured." - Marcy Kaptur

"I'm against voter fraud in any form, and I have long supported a national voter ID card. But ID cards need not - and must not - restrict voting rights in any way, shape or form." - Andrew Young

"Voting the names of the dead, and the nonexistent, and the too-mentally-impaired to function, cancels out the votes of citizens who are exercising their rights - that's suppression by any light." - Artur Davis

"As a senator from the only true swing district in the Texas Senate, I've been targeted by the GOP for my outspoken criticism of their extremist attacks on public education and voting rights, to name just two examples." - Wendy Davis

"It was the biggest suppression of voting rights in our country's history since Jim Crow. And the thread of race runs from the beginning to the end of my book." - Sidney Blumenthal

"When you have incidences like the Trayvon Martin verdict, the erosion of certain fundamental rights like voting, it just reminds us that we're always one Supreme Court justice vote away from losing the progress that has been made." - Terri Sewell

"In many cases, the Treasury will get preferred or convertible preferred stock for the money it gives to banks. These shares typically don't have voting rights, possibly to give more of a hands-off appearance to the government." - Jerry A Webman

"We must continue to have voting rights in the state, not to politicize this, but they must have a voice in the rebuilding effort in the community from which they have been displaced." - Marc Morial

"When it comes to voting rights, Democrats push voter protection while Republicans shout voter fraud in a crowded polling place. Democrats think anyone who can vote should vote; Republicans think everyone who should vote can vote." - Christine Pelosi

"Fools act on imagination without knowledge. Pedants act on knowledge without imagination." - William Arthur Ward

"Memoir is not an act of history, but an act of memory, which is innately corrupt." - Mary Karr

"We should not only master questions, but also act upon them, and act definitely." - Woodrow Wilson

"Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines." - Erich Fromm

"Writing is an act of cherishing... It is an act of love." - Julia Cameron

"Abortion is a states' rights issue. Education is a states' right issue. Medicinal marijuana is a states' rights issue. Gay marraige is a states' rights issue. Assisted suicide- like Terri Schiavo- is a states' rights issue. Come to think of it, almost every issue is a states' rights issue. Let's get the federal government out of our lives." - Wayne Allyn Root

"The Tories" major announcement was to scrap the Human Rights Act, because, and I quote, "people get very frustrated with human rights."" - Tim Farron

"The Tories' major announcement was to scrap the Human Rights Act, because, and I quote, 'people get very frustrated with human rights.'" - Tim Farron

"The unconscious democracy of America is a very fine thing. It is a true and deep and instinctive assumption of the equality of citizens, which even voting and elections have not destroyed." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Voting against the resolution authorizing the use of military force in Iraq was one of my proudest moments as a senator. It is long past time to close this tragic chapter in American history." - Barbara Boxer

"If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else's expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves" - Thomas Sowell

"Thus inwardly armed with confidence in God and the unshakable stupidity of the voting citizenry, the politicians can begin the fight for the 'remaking' of the Reich as they call it." - Adolf Hitler

"I think it's really important to enlarge the issue behind abortion. I have been serving for over two decades and I have seen year in and year out largely the Republicans voting against women's contraception, family planning." - Barack Obama

"Voting wouldn't excite me unless it included electing the directors of the big banks and corporations, who make the real decisions that affect our lives. It's hard to get excited about the trained seals in Washington." - Robert Anton Wilson

"Mitt Romney was attacking Obama about our failing education system. He has a point. We are graduating millions of people in this country who are so lacking in basic analytical skills, they are considering voting for Mitt Romney." - Bill Maher

"Let the people decide whom to vote for, who has more authority. And only people, only our citizens, are able to place the final emphasis, voting for this or that person or political force, or rejecting it. Thats democracy." - Dmitry Medvedev

"The American people are sick and tired of Washington and the people who have been in charge have been passing all these bills and I've been voting no all of the time and vote no on these appropriation bills." - Ron Paul

"Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote. Those rights are spelled out in the Bill of Rights and in our California Constitution. Voters and politicians alike would do well to take a look at the rights we each hold, which must never be chipped away by the whim of the majority." - James Bovard

"The act of voting is one opportunity for us to remember that our whole way of life is predicated on the capacity of ordinary people to judge carefully and well." - Alan Keyes

"The act of voting by ordinary Iraqis in the face of extreme danger confirms President Bush's belief that people around the globe, when given a chance, will choose liberty and democracy over enslavement and tyranny." - John Ensign

"When Congress passed the Help America Vote Act in 2002, I was thrilled to learn that the federal government would offer resources to all states to assist them in enhancing the voting process in America." - Deforest Soaries

"The doctrine that 'human rights' are superior to 'property rights' simply means that some human beings have the right to make property out of others." - Ayn Rand

"Whenever the dollar is held supreme and capitalistic interests dominate, a higher value will always be placed upon property rights than upon human rights." - Dick Gregory

"No country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere." - Barack Obama

"Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority." - Ayn Rand

"The end does not justify the means. No one's rights can be secured by the violation of the rights of others." - Ayn Rand

"We've made so many advances in other areas - civil rights, gay rights - but ageism is still an area that's taboo and not talked about and dealt with." - Madonna Ciccone

"I don't think I've ever used the word 'gay rights,' because I don't really believe in rights based on your behavior." - Rand Paul

"For what people have always sought is equality before the law. For rights that were not open to all alike would be no rights." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"During the 19th-century struggle for womens rights in America, many saw a competition between rights for black people and those for women." - Karen Decrow

"We need to make equal pay and equal opportunity for women and girls a reality so women's rights are human rights once and for all." - Hillary Clinton

"On the whole it is the rights and freedoms of all citizens that are crucial in Saudi Arabia and from those the rights of women will emanate," - Basmah Bint Saud



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