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The Impact of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act on Southern Politics

Ronald E. Weber

in The Oxford Handbook of Southern Politics

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195381948
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195381948.013.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Impact of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act on Southern Politics

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This article outlines in a summary manner the effects of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act on several aspects of southern politics. One of the most important impacts of Section 2 litigation has been on the rules relating to voter registration and the conduct of elections. Too numerous to detail in this article, these lawsuits helped move southern states from a status quo of lower rates of voter registration for African American and Latino than white adults circa 1980 to a situation of near parity among the groups today as documented in numerous studies. The same can be said for group voter turnout rates, particularly for presidential elections as documented in recent studies. The article highlights a few Section 2 actions that assisted in bringing convergence among groups in voter registration and turnout rates.

Keywords: voter turnout rates; Voting Rights Act; southern politics; voter registration; Section 2 actions; conduct of elections

Article.  10556 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics

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