The Unintended Consequences of Section 5 of the Voting by Edward Blum

By Edward Blum

The booklet spotlight the real-world effects of the adjustments to part five of the vote casting Rights Act. Edward Blum attracts on public files, press bills, and large own interviews with kingdom and native officers to bare the transformation of the VRA from a legislation conserving balloting rights to a gerrymandering software used to additional the electoral customers of incumbent politicians of all races.

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38 A few days prior to talking to Ruby Livingston, Moss called Ray Gunter, a former council member: Mr. Gunter stated he is 70 years old and so it takes him some time to remember things, but he believes that he was a town councilmember [sic] around 1979 and served two terms. Mr. Gunter stated that during his term he recalls someone petitioning to annex to the town. Although, he stated that he could not recall for certain, he thought that they might have backed down because they did not want to pay town taxes.

As Buckheister remembers the conversation, the exchange between them became testy. ” The phone conversation between Moss and Buckheister is mentioned in a Department of Justice “memorandum of telephonic communication” dated February 25, 2003. It notes that Buckheister did not understand why the government needed all of this information for the simple annexation of two persons. Additionally, the memo notes that, in response to the Department of Justice’s inquiry about blacks once being denied annexation to the town, Buckheister said he spoke to a former council member who told him there was an informal discussion in the late 1980s about annexing a mostly black area to the south of the town.

17 Striking down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is not a course of action the Supreme Court will follow lightly. After all, any judicial narrowing of the breadth of the preclearance provision will be portrayed by the media as a rollback in minority voting rights. But in truth it will be the opposite: A statute that was once a legitimate exercise of congressional power to ensure nondiscrimination in voting today exceeds Congress’s power, and is now being used to require racial segregation and discrimination.

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