The Constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Robert Young Button, attorney general of Virginia, responds to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in this pamphlet published by the Virginia Commission on Constitutional Government. Testifying before a subcommittee of the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives, Button stated that the Voting Rights Act was "…among the most dangerous pieces of legislation ever offered in the Congress of the United States… it goes further than any step yet attempted to erode the basic concepts of constitutional government in which the individual States are acknowledged to be sovereign. The legislation is not only patently unconstitutional, but it is shockingly discriminatory." The subcommittee invited Button to expand upon his arguments, which he did in this pamphlet.