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On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which made restrictions on access to the ballot box illegal. Those restrictions, such as literacy tests and poll taxes, had been in place since the end of the Civil War.
The new law led to more African-Americans voting and being elected, but some say its legacy is jeopardized today.
The Supreme Court voided a key provision of the law in 2013 and critics say voter ID laws and cutbacks on early voting and easier registration practices signal a return to the days before the Voting Rights Act became law.
Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Duke University law professor Guy Charles about where we are today with voting rights.
This segment aired on August 6, 2015.