Reconsidering the Voting Rights Act
Federal Efforts to Combat Discriminatory Election LawsBuy Full Issue$39.95
In 1965, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) to address widespread discrimination against minorities in the South. Local and State governments had passed Jim Crow laws — such as poll taxes and literacy tests — that successfully prevented African Americans from participating in the electoral process in large numbers. Every time the Federal Government sued to block these types of laws, the offending States would devise new means to accomplish the same ends.
The result was clear in the statistics of the time: In Alabama in 1964, for instance, black voter registration was 19.5 percent. In Mississippi, …Buy Full Issue$39.95
In This Issue
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The Voting Rights Act’s Preclearance Formula IS UnconstitutionalRead More
Campaign Finance, Abortion Protests, and Recess Appointments on the DocketRead More
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Renewing Preclearance and Coverage Formula ProvisionsRead More
The Justices Weigh in the Voting Rights ActRead More
Pro & Con
Is the Section 4(b) Preclearance Requirement of the Voting Rights Act Unconstitutional?