Voting rights and disenfranchisement in the United States: a study of the preclearance policy in section 5 of the Voting Rights Act
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The past few years has seen renewed interest in the Voting Rights Act, particularly in the preclearance policy outlined in Section 5 of that Act. The Act continues to receive challenges from covered jurisdictions, most recently in the Supreme Court case heard this spring, Shelby County v. Holder. I examine the history of the act within covered jurisdictions, as well as laws passed recently in both covered and non-covered jurisdictions to determine the historical effectiveness and the current necessity of a preclearance policy. Following my analysis, I suggest changes that could strengthen and help to legitimize the policy.
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