Excerpt taken from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bernie-sanders/the-fight-for-voting-righ_b_7942850.html:
The Fight for Voting Rights Is Our Fight TodayBernie Sanders, Democratic candidate for President, US Senator from Vermont
Thursday, August 6 marks the 50-year anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This landmark piece of legislation was a milestone in the fight for civil rights and a great step forward in the advancement of our democracy. This important and popular law passed the House and Senate with the support of large majorities from both parties.
Unfortunately, some people would rather increase the power of the privileged few than defend voting rights. Right-wing groups like the Heritage Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have been promoting legislative proposals which make it harder for minorities to register and vote. Sadly, those proposals have had some success at the state level.