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Janai Nelson Pens 'Hamilton and Griffin on Rights' Blog Post on State of VRA Section 5

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Guest Blog: Janai Nelson, Preserving the Nuance of a Suspended Section 5

"The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the consolidated cases of Alabama Democratic Caucus v. Alabama and Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama could have gone awry in any number of ways that would have further incapacitated the Voting Rights Act. Thankfully, it didn’t. Instead, in the Court’s first opinion on Section 5 of the Act since dealing it a near-fatal blow in Shelby County v. Holder, a 5-4 majority preserved an important nuance of Section 5 that will enable the law to operate effectively, particularly once Congress restores that provision to full strength."

Read the full blog post here.