Acquiring Voting Rights
In the summer of 2013, the US Supreme Court changed the course of electoral history by striking down Section 4b of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). This part of the federal VRA defined jurisdictions that had a history of voting discrimination against minority populations. In effect, before the summer of 2013, election law was frozen in nine whole states and parts of six other states (56 counties and two townships), which were defined as “covered” jurisdictions and subject to Section 5 of the act.1 Every time one of those jurisdictions wanted to make even the smallest voting change, they had to apply to the Department of Justice (DOJ) or the DC Federal District Court. Together, the DOJ and the court halted a number of election changes deemed to be discriminatory to both African Americans and Native Americans.
KeywordsTraumatic Brain Injury Voter Registration Universal Suffrage Black Vote Residency Requirement
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