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Senate Roll Call on the final passage of S. 1564, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, May 26, 1965

Throughout his long career in the U.S. Senate, Senator Edward Kennedy was a champion of civil rights, equal rights, and voting rights. This roll call tally shows Kennedy's "aye" vote on the final passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Kennedy spent the next two decades working to strengthen the provisions of this act and was the chief sponsor of the Voting Rights Act Amendments of 1982 which led to increased minority representation in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures nationwide.

RG 46, Records of the U.S. Senate

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