MassGOP Statement For The 50th Anniversary Of The Voting Rights Act

BOSTON – MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes released the following statement regarding the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act:

"Voting rights are the bedrock of an inclusive and open democracy, and the MassGOP proudly honors that legacy today. From Republican Senator Edward Brooke's strong defense of the Voting Rights Act in 1975, to Governor Baker's unprecedented effort to expand two-party politics in urban areas in 2014, the MassGOP has a long history of working toward a more inclusive political system. As we recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, we look forward to a future with a stronger, ever-improving democracy."

GOP Senator Edward Brooke gave a strong defense of the Voting Rights Act in 1975. "In 1975, Brooke vehemently defended the need to extend the 1965 Voting Rights Act." ("Booke, Edward William III," US House Archive)

Governor Baker's campaign last year made unprecedented GOP inroads into urban areas. "Baker has spent significant time reaching out to voters in urban areas and to people of color in general during a campaign that has taken him to youth development centers in Lowell and Jamaica Plain, churches in Dorchester and Mattapan, and small businesses in Worcester. (Akilah Johnson, "Baker to propose initiatives at alleviating urban woes," Boston Globe, 10/15/14)