Professor Elmendorf Comments on Voting Rights Act for MSNBC.com
Professor Christopher S. Elmendorf commented on Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act for an article published on MSNBC.com. The piece examines the potential vulnerability to legal challenges of Section 2, which allows victims of racially discriminatory voting laws to file suit.
Elmendorf said that "Section 2 is a ripe target" for those who wish to further diminish the role of the Voting Rights Act in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down Section 5, which required states and localities with a history of voter discrimination to attain approval from the federal government before changing election laws. Rather than strike down Section 2 as unconstitutional, it's possible that opponents could attempt to pursue an agenda of rolling back its application, he added.
Christopher S. Elmendorf is a Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law whose teaching and research interests include election law, administrative law, statutory interpretation, constitutional law, and property and natural resources law.