Monday, July 24, 2006
CrimProf Sherrilyn Ifill Testified for the Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006
Recently, University of Maryland School of Law CrimProf Sherrilyn Ifill appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights to lend her support to the Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006. She joined other civil rights scholars in testifying to the effect of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in League of United Latin American Citizens, et al. v. Perry, et al. on the renewal of the Voting Rights Act’s temporary provisions.
In her testimony, Professor Ifill said the Supreme Court’s recent decision that Texas’s 23rd District was unconstitutionally drawn in 2003 "recognized that significant levels of racially polarized voting continue to hamper minority electoral opportunities." The LULAC ruling stresses that "intense partisan struggles are not sufficient to insulate those jurisdictions that adopt changes that either impair or retrogress minority voting strength." Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]