Few would argue the importance of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), legislation passed by Republicans in Congress, though signed by Democrat President Lyndon Johnson. The Act applied a nationwide prohibition against the denial or abridgement of the right to vote through among other things intimidation, suppression, literacy tests and poll taxes.
However, the Act also requires minority congressional and legislative districts be drawn with at least 50% minority voting age population in certain jurisdictions, and has contributed to the fracture between Republicans and minority voters.
Consider this: The redistricting tool which forces “majority-minority districts” compacts more minority voters into a district, while increasing the number of white voters in another. This limits the influence minority voters have in those districts by increasing the white percentage of the voters. In short, the VRA puts minority voters in one district and white voters in another, thus creating a political segregation.
It is not unheard of, and in fact, well-documented for Republican legislators to ally with black Democrats to gerrymander state and federal… Read More