The Voting Rights Act: Still Needed in Obama's America

Laughlin McDonald, Jurist: "When Congress amended and extended the Voting Rights Act in 2006, it found, among other things, that evidence of racially polarized voting justified continuing its special federal oversight provision. Now, some opponents of this provision - known as Section 5 - have argued that Barack Obama's election as president in 2008 shows that voting is no longer divided along racial lines, and that it is not necessary to require certain states with egregious histories of racial discrimination to get federal approval of changes in their voting practices. But the record proves these critics are wrong."

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