Clinton: US facing greatest voting rights challenge since Jim Crow
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On the 51st anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Van Jones: A 'white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter' can pose a greater threat to black Americans than the KKK Taylor Swift slams Trump tweet: 'You have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?' MORE warned that the push to disenfranchise voters is on the rise.

Clinton on Saturday blasted voter restriction laws in 17 states that she says disenfranchise African Americans, Latinos, low-income people, young people and the disabled. 


“Fifty-one years after the Voting Rights Act was signed into law, Americans are now facing the most systematic effort to curtail those rights since the era of Jim Crow," she said in a statement. 

The Democratic presidential nominee praised a court decision that struck down a voter ID law in North Carolina last week and similar efforts in Wisconsin, Texas, Michigan, North Dakota, and Kansas.

“This November, the notion that every American has a voice in shaping our future is at stake. Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE supports discriminatory voting restrictions — and actually claims that without them in place, the results of American elections should be questioned. It’s a dangerous attempt to undermine the legitimacy of our democracy," Clinton said. 

“I have a very different view. I believe America is stronger when we expand access to the ballot box, not restrict it. That's why I’ll fight to repair the Voting Rights Act, expand early voting, and introduce universal, automatic voter registration."

President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law on August 6, 1965. The law was meant to prohibit state and local governments to block African Americans from voting.