Department of Justice Brief Signals a Rollback of the Voting Rights Act

DOJ support for DeLay’s Texas Redistricting plan puts nearly half of nation’s African American districts in legal jeopardy
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In an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief to the Supreme Court filed on Wednesday, February 1,2006, the Bush Justice Department signaled that it will no longer aggressively defend congressional districts effectively controlled by minority voters, if the controlling minority group comprises less than 50 percent of the voting age population. Further, the brief actually encouraged other challenges to existing minority districts by suggesting that the Court should look for another future case to determine whether minority voters need to comprise a particular rigid percentage in a district in order to be protected under the Voting Rights Act. Read More

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