We should never take the right to vote for granted. Women have had the right to vote for less than 100 years. The Voting Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson (1908-73) on August 6, 1965, aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment (1870) to the Constitution of the United States. Many obstacles have been overcome and many men and women have died so that we can have the freedom to vote. It is our right and our duty to vote.