Voting Rights—And Wrongs: The Elusive Quest for Racially Fair Elections

Majority-minority districts that reserved seats for blacks and Hispanics succeeded in integrating southern politics. By now, however, those districts may perversely limit the potential power of black officeholders. The Voting Rights Act has become a period piece that today serves to keep most black legislators clustered on the sidelines of American politics—precisely the opposite of what its framers intended. A radically revised law would better serve the political interests of all Americans—minority and white voters alike.

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