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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Unfinished Business: Protecting Voting Rights in the Twenty-First Century"

The title of this post comes from this paper by Professor Gilda Daniels, the abstract of which states:

While minorities have experienced great progress because of the Voting Rights Act, particularly section 5 of the Act, the work to achieve an electoral process free of discrimination remains unfinished. In Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court struck down section 4 of the Act, which provided the coverage formula through which section 5 was implemented. Without section 4, there is no section 5. The historical and contemporaneous discrimination that minorities instates formerly covered under Section 5 continue to face is substantial and outpaces noncovered states. Scholars cannot divorce the debate surrounding section 5’s constitutionality, which continues even after Shelby County, from its historical role in combating discrimination in voting. Using a comparative framework of a section 5-covered jurisdiction and a noncovered jurisdiction, this Article discusses the impact of the loss of section 4 of the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder and suggests a path forward.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/civil_rights/2014/03/unfinished-business-protecting-voting-rights-in-the-twenty-first-century.html

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Congress needs to reinstate everything taken away by the Supreme Court in the Shelby County case. But Congress is so lame that it cannot pass a budget. The Executive Branch will have to step up to the plate and file more cases against transgressing states.

Posted by: Liberty1stl | Mar 30, 2014 12:11:52 PM

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