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Judging the Voting Rights Act

  title={Judging the Voting Rights Act},
  author={Adam B. Cox and Thomas J. Miles},
  journal={Columbia Law Review},
The Voting Rights Act has radically altered the political status of minority voters and dramatically transformed the partisan structure of American politics. Given the political and racial salience of cases brought under the Act, it is surprising that the growing literature on the effects of a judge's ideology and race on judicial decisionmaking has overlooked these cases. This Article provides the first systematic evidence that judicial ideology and race are closely related to findings of… 

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