WASHINGTON— During a White House press conference Thursday, August 6, 2015, Attorney General Loretta Lynch along with Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giminez discussed the 50 year anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as well as recent issues and continued efforts regarding polling. Click play below to listen to the full conference:
50 years have come and gone since this landmark Act was passed into legislation and even with the foundation sitting strongly throughout history, many attempts have been made to insert conflicting ideas that are thought to be discriminatory.
The President of the United States’ Senior Adviser, Valerie Jarrett, provided listeners with a strong statement, vocalizing her thoughts on the Act, recent events regarding polls, and future actions intended to cement the language that much more to the foundation of a free America.
“For 50 years now the Voting Rights Act has made this country fairer and more just.” Jarrett brought emotion to her speech, “That’s why President Obama has called on Congress to pass legislation to restore it and assure that every American has equal access to the polls. A healthy, thriving democracy depends on the full participation of its citizens, no matter where they’re from or where they live.”
Attorney General Loretta Lynch was also very passionate about the 50 year anniversary. She spoke about the on going fight to maintain the rights of this nations citizens by keeping all actions free of discriminatory and intrusive
“We serve as monitors in many elections, ensuring that the process is fair and efficient and open,” Said Lynch, “And we continue to review ways and provide support as Congress also looks to continue and extend this important right. The Department of Justice is committed to this cause. It is an important part of the fabric of who we are as a department, as an administration, but it’s also an important part of the fabric of our country.”