Race, Region, and Vote Choice in the 2008 Election: Implications for the Future of the Voting Rights Act

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Title: Race, Region, and Vote Choice in the 2008 Election: Implications for the Future of the Voting Rights Act
Author: Ansolabehere, Stephen Daniel; Persily, Nathaniel; Stewart, Charles, III

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Citation: Ansolabehere, Stephen Daniel, Nathaniel Persily, and Charles Stewart III. 2010. Race, region, and vote choice in the 2008 election: Implications for the future of the Voting Rights Act. Harvard Law Review 123(6): 1386-1436.
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Abstract: The election of an African American as President of the United States has raised questions regarding the continued relevance and even constitutionality of various provisions of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Barack Obama's apparent success among white voters in 2008 has caused some commentators to question the background conditions of racially polarized voting that are key to litigation under section 2 of the VRA. His success in certain states, such as Virginia, has also raised doubts about the formula for coverage of jurisdictions under section 5 of the VRA. This Article examines the data from the 2008 primary and general elections to assess the geographic patterns of racial differences in voting behavior. The data suggest that significant differences remain between white and minority voters and among jurisdictions that are covered and not covered by section 5 of the VRA. These differences remain even when controlling for partisanship, ideology, and a host of other politically relevant variables. This Article discusses the implications of President Obama's election for legal conceptions of racially polarized voting and for decisions concerning which jurisdictions section 5 ought to cover.
Published Version: http://www.harvardlawreview.org/issues/123/april10/Article_6958.php
Other Sources: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1462363
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