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Not "Wrongful" by Any Means: The Court's Decisions in the Redistricting Cases

dc.contributor.authorSwain, Carol M. (Carol Miller)
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-12T00:41:48Z
dc.date.available2015-12-12T00:41:48Z
dc.date.issued1997
dc.identifier.citation34 Hous. L. Rev. 315 (1997)en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1803/7352
dc.descriptionarticle published in law reviewen_US
dc.description.abstractMinority representation itself should be viewed by the voting rights community as something much broader than the representation that takes place when voters and legislators share skin pigmentation. The Supreme Court and the Justice Department have never stated that representation requires that politicians share the same skin color as the district majority. Instead, the Court has spoken of enhancing the ability of minorities to impact public policies by electing candidates of their choice. When representation is defined more broadly than shared race, then there is evidence to suggest that political party or, more specifically, whether a Democrat is in office, is as important as the race of the representative. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that this is more important. Given the way minorities define their policy preferences, their substantive interests are best served by the election of more Democrats.3 7 In short, minorities are in a win-win situation when they are positioned to influence more legislators than the handful they can elect when packed in oversized majority-minority districts. Their ability to influence more legislators has been enhanced by the Court's decisions in the redistricting cases. Put simply, the Court's redistricting decisions have not been wrongly decided.en_US
dc.format.extent1 PDF (10 pages)en_US
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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherHouston Law Reviewen_US
dc.subjectRedistrictingen_US
dc.subjectVoting rightsen_US
dc.subjectDemocratsen_US
dc.subjectMinority representationen_US
dc.subject.lcshRepresentative government and representation -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshMinorities -- Civil rights -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshAfrican Americans -- Civil rightsen_US
dc.subject.lcshApportionment (Election law) -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshElection districts -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshSuffrage -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshMinority legislators -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshAfrican American legislators -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshGerrymandering -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshPolitical parties -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshDemocratic Party (U.S.)en_US
dc.subject.lcshUnited States. Supreme Courten_US
dc.subject.lcshMinorities -- Political activity -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshPolitical participation -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshAfrican Americans -- Politics and governmenten_US
dc.titleNot "Wrongful" by Any Means: The Court's Decisions in the Redistricting Casesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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