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Date: Friday, December 15, 2000 
Question/Topic: Could you please tell us in what year, and under what legislation, did African-Americans get the right to vote in the state of Florida? 
Answer/Pointer: African-American voting rights were granted by the Fifteenth Amendment, which was passed immediately after the Civil War. The basic prohibition against discrimination in voting is contained in the Fifteenth Amendment and in the Voting Rights Act. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voters Rights Act in 1965. Since this is a federal law, blacks in Florida got the right to vote at the same time as other blacks in the U.S. The Voters Rights Act keeps in place a set of "extraordinary remedies" designed to enforce the Fifteenth Amendment at state and local levels. 
Librarian: SLF 

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