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Amb. Andrew Young: 'The next president needs to make it possible for a citizen’s vote to count'

Today marks the 47th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, signed into law by Presidnet Lyndon B. Johnson on August 6, 1965.

With America's first black president up for reelection this November, the conversation about voting rights has been reignited across the country.

Thirty states are currently enforcing some form of voter ID law, which many civil rights advocates says is an effort to suppress the minority vote.

Former UN Ambassador Andrew Young helped draft the 1965 legislation and he's issuing an open letter today asking business, religious, and political leaders of all parties to remove unreasonable barriers to voting and making voting more accessible to all.

Young appears of Starting Point today to discuss his effort. He's joined by Martin Luther King III, president and CEO of the King Center and the oldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.

"It’s more and more cumbersome to vote and that’s not the direction in which a democracy should be moving," Ambassador Young says. "The next president needs to make it possible for a citizen’s vote to count."

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