(NBC NEWS) President Barack Obama says voting rights must be "vigorously defended." And he's making the case in an unusual place — a letter to the editor.
The New York Times published the letter Wednesday in response to an article in its Sunday magazine last month describing efforts to undercut or dismantle the protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
"These efforts are not a sign that we have moved past the shameful history that led to the Voting Rights Act," Obama wrote. "Too often, they are rooted in that history. They remind us that progress does not come easy, but that it must be vigorously defended and built upon for ourselves and future generations."
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