The 54th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: Sign On to Protect Voting Rights Fifty-four years ago, the Voting Rights Act became the law of the land and ensured protections for people of color against racial discrimination at the ballot box. Today, we have to remain vigilant. The Democratic House Majority has already taken action to protect voting rights, but Mitch McConnell is standing in our way. We need to gather 54,000 signatures before the end of the month. Add your name and demand McConnell take action to protect voting rights.