#21 – Voting Rights Act Extension

August 6, 1975

President Gerald R. Ford approves a seven year extension of the Voting Rights Act, which broadens voting protection especially for Mexican Americans, Asians, and Indians. The reauthorization contains new provisions to permanently bar literacy tests nationwide and provide language assistance for minority voters. The law also extends the “preclearance” provisions that require courts to monitor states with a history of discrimination.

Voting Rights Act Extension