ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke branch of the NAACP met Wednesday night at the Dumas Hotel to discuss advancing the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.

The legislation was struck down in the U.S. Senate last week.

Brenda Hale, president of the NAACP’s Roanoke branch, says voting has been made inaccessible for some people of color in Roanoke after the county moved its election office to Vinton.

However, Hale remains positive, saying the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was struck down before passing.

She also encourages everyone to fight for their right to vote.