The Voting Rights Act Of 1965 Essay

770 Words Jul 2nd, 2015 4 Pages
Citizenship in the United States means having the right to vote. However, this right for every citizen did not come without overcoming some racially discriminatory obstacles. One of these obstacles for African-American men were the Jim Crow laws. Jim Crow laws unfairly discriminated against African-Americans preventing them from casting their ballot at the voting poll. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 ended the overt forms of racial discrimination in voting practices. However, as time has passed and with the June 2013 Supreme Court decision declaring Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act (1965) unconstitutional, many more ambiguous ways to discriminate for elections (especially local) have come about. One form of racial discrimination at the local level is called at-large voting. At-large voting violates section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (1965) which prevents “voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color, or membership in one of the language minority groups”(). At-large election practices increases racial polarization in the democratic process of election because the practice allows voters from any district to vote for candidates who are not located in their district. This form of election is largely used in minority communities in order to keep them from electing the candidate of their choice for their community.
Recently there have been many lawsuits against cities for their illegal at-large voting practices. For example, this year a lawsuit was…

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