The Voting Rights Act is celebrated for helping expand the electoral power of African-American and Latino communities, but those gains likely would not have happened if another parallel revolution hadn’t taken place at the same time.
It is remarkable how close we came to a radical, game-changing decision, which could have upended election laws in 25 states. Instead, the Court affirmed the centrality of voters to our constitutional order.
Efforts to modernize the redistricting process have historically taken place at the state level. But in the face of a looming Supreme Court ruling, some members of Congress are proposing more sweeping reform at the national level.
The Supreme Court asked Virginia to take another look Rep. Bobby Scott's district in a move that could impact not only the electoral power of the state's minority community, but also potentially the balance of their congressional delegation.