Voting Rights in America: Then and Now

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President Lyndon Johnson meets with Martin Luther King, Jr. after signing the Voting Rights Act.

The Voting Rights Act was signed into law on August 6, 1965, by President Johnson and required nine states with a history of racial discrimination to request federal permission in order to change voting laws. In June 2013, the Supreme Court struck down this part of the act making this the first election year since that decision.

Ari Berman, senior contributing writer for The Nation, reporting fellow at the Nation Institute and the author of Give us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America  (Picador, reprint 2016), talks about voting rights and the presidential race.