The Voting Rights Act has done what it was intended to do: bolster the political fortunes of racial and ethnic minorities. But the landmark civil rights bill has also done something that wasn’t planned: feed the sharp partisanship that has tied the nation’s government in knots.
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Georgia and other states with a history of overt racial discrimination are required to get federal “preclearance” for any change to their election systems. Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that seeks to strike down that provision of the Voting Rights Act. This week, the AJC is looking into the issues at stake in the hearing.
Sunday: Fulton County embodies the struggles of the past
Monday: The new face of voting rights issues
Tuesday: Did the act foster partisan gridlock?
Wednesday: A historic day for a historic law