On Tuesday night, the Huntsville Madison County NAACP held a vigil to protect voting rights in the U.S.
It’s the 54th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibits racial discrimination in voting. People came out to Big Spring Park to show their support for the Voting Rights Act and encourage Congress to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act. This new act pushes for all Americans to have equal access to ballot boxes.
Huntsville Madison County NAACP President, Jerry Burnet,said, “The states were able to change the law without getting preclearance,so it made it difficult for a number of individuals, and as a result the voterturn out has gone down tremendously.”
This vigil is one of many being held across Alabama.