Voting Rights Act Research Paper

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The Voting Rights Act is tokenism in that it did not really empower minorities. Although it is true that the act did create some positive impacts on minorities such as increasing the number of minority officials, its positive impact is constantly undermined by efforts from both the Republican party and sometimes from the Supreme Court that aimed at suppressing minorities votes. One example is the Republican’s framing of voter fraud and their attribution of the cause to minorities when voter fraud is almost non-existent. Another example is the decision of Shaw V. Reno (1993), the ruling of which started the application of what’s called the “strict scrutiny” standard that basically gave nod to white majority voting districts by considering any
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