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On the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC issues this report to highlight the importance of the VRA in protecting and promoting the emerging Asian American vote. Citizenship and ability to vote are inextricably intertwined. Without one, the other is impossible to achieve. And for the better part of America’s history, the franchise was denied to the Asian American community due to its inability to gain citizenship.