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Ralph Bunche Journal of Public Affairs

Publication Date

Spring 2015

Abstract

Today, the American landscape is more racially and ethnically diverse, yet minority populations have been and will likely be disenfranchised in the Post-Section 4 era. Minority voter participation Post-VRA has experienced some gains but achieving equality in terms of access and civic participation may be compromised. Hence, section one of this research will provide an introduction and highlight the conceptual framework that guides it. Section II will first provide a historical analysis of the significance of the VRA and its impact on minority voting rights from 1965 to the present. Section III will outline the methodology and theoretical framework that will guide this research. Section IV will examine the impact of minority participation in the State of Georgia Post-VRA and its correlation to the recent Supreme Court decision to strike down the usage of Section 4 of the VRA. Section V will comprise of a policy analysis of the VRA while examining the political landscape in the state and the implementation of the controversial Voter ID legislation that for many resembles a return to tenets of the Jim Crow era while drawing conclusions of minority participation post Section 4 as it relates to future elections. Section VI will include future projections and concluding remarks and implications for future research.

 

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