Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1982

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Author: Ronald W. Reagan  | Date: June 18, 1982

Statement on Senate Approval of the Extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
June 18, 1982

On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the United States Senate for its statesmanlike decision to extend the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Voting is one of the most cherished of our birthrights as American citizens. When practiced, it enriches our democracy; when threatened, it must be protected. Today’s responsible action by the Senate sends a strong, bipartisan message: No American’s vote shall be defiled, diluted, or denied.

The Voting Rights Act, and the amendments added to it in 1975, have significantly contributed to the achievement of full constitutional and political equality for black Americans, and for other minorities, especially Mexican Americans. I strongly believe there has also been a good-faith effort by the great majority of our people, in all regions, to ensure the provisions of this act are fully respected.

We can be gratified that the Senate has completed action on this important question and is now free to move on to other pressing issues.

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Chicago: Ronald W. Reagan, "Statement on Senate Approval of the Extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965," Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1982 in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1982 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1654-1655 Original Sources, accessed April 21, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DLC636R2FZJ15A5.

MLA: Reagan, Ronald W. "Statement on Senate Approval of the Extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965." Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1982, in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1982 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1654-1655, Original Sources. 21 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DLC636R2FZJ15A5.

Harvard: Reagan, RW, 'Statement on Senate Approval of the Extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965' in Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1982. cited in , Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1982 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1654-1655. Original Sources, retrieved 21 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DLC636R2FZJ15A5.