Forty-eight years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) into law, codifying the 15th Amendment’s guarantee of the right to vote free from racial discrimination.
Gov. McDonnell recently announced that VA is taking a first step in restoring voting rights to people with criminal convictions in their pasts. According to McDonnell, this will restore the right to vote to over 100,000 people. But we can go further.
It's time for Congress to protect the rights citizens of a democracy hold most dear and create the opportunity for greater citizen participation. Members can begin by opening up the voter rolls to the four million Americans covered by the Democracy Restoration Act.
Charles "Chuck" Colson was Special Counsel to President Richard Nixon in the 1970s. He later became a noted Christian leader who fought for the rights of prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families, and worked to reform the criminal justice system.