Race and Redistricting in the 1990s

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Algora Publishing, 2003 - Law - 420 pages
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A portrait of how the 1990s round of redistricting treated the racial and linguistic minorities that had been given special protections by the Voting Rights Act of 1965, primarily African-Americans, but also Native Americans, Asian-Americans, and those of Spanish heritage. Throughout the volume, the primary focus is on the practical politics of redistricting and its consequences for racial representation. Almost all the authors have been directly involved in the 1990s redistricting process either as a legislator, a member of the Voting Rights Section of the Justice Department, a member of a districting commission, or, most commonly, as an expert witness or lawyer in voting rights cases. All bring to bear special insights as well as insider knowledge of Congressional and state redistricting.
 

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Contents

PART TWO Legal and Enforcement Issues
67
PART III Case Studies
119
PART IV Districting Commissions and Minority Empowerment
343
References Author Index
374
References
375
Court Cases
385
Index
389
ABOUT THE EDITOR
402
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Page 42 - It reinforces the perception that members of the same racial group — regardless of their age, education, economic status, or the community in which they live — think alike, share the same political interests, and will prefer the same candidates at the polls.

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