The South After Shelby County

  title={The South After Shelby County},
  author={N. Stephanopoulos},
  journal={The Supreme Court Review},
  pages={55 - 134}
  • N. Stephanopoulos
  • Published 2014
  • Sociology
  • The Supreme Court Review
  • In Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court dismantled one of the two pillars of the Voting Rights Act: Section 5, which had barred southern jurisdictions from changing their election laws without receiving prior federal approval. But the Court left standing the VRA’s other pillar: Section 2, which prohibits racial discrimination in voting throughout the country. The burning question in the wake of Shelby County is what will happen to minority representation in the South now that Section 5… CONTINUE READING
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