Are Your Voting Rights in Peril?

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  • What's at Stake
  • In the Beginning
  • Dwight Eisenhower
  • The Freedom Summer
  • Bloody Sunday
  • Turning Point
  • Check and Balance
  • More Work to Do
  • The More Things Change
  • Section 5 at Work
  • Obama Weighs In
  • The Cup Half Full
  • The Cup Half Empty
  • Supreme Court

In Name Only

Enacted on May 6, 1960, the Civil Rights Act enabled the Justice Department to inspect all records related to voter registration and introduced penalties for obstructing anyone's ability to register to vote and cast a ballot. The bill, signed by President Dwight Eisenhower, proved to be ineffective.

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