The Effect of the Voting Rights Act on Enfranchisement: Evidence from North Carolina

  title={The Effect of the Voting Rights Act on Enfranchisement: Evidence from North Carolina},
  author={Adriane Fresh},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={713 - 718}
  • Adriane Fresh
  • Published 9 March 2018
  • Economics
  • The Journal of Politics
Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act required covered jurisdictions—those deemed perniciously politically discriminatory to minorities—to preclear changes to their voting practices with the Department of Justice. By exploiting the use of a federally imposed threshold for how Section 5 coverage was applied in North Carolina, this article estimates the effect of coverage using a difference-in-differences design. This article finds that Section 5 coverage increased black voter registration by… 
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