Stephanopoulos Coauthors ACS Issue Brief on VRAA

ACS ISSUE BRIEF EXAMINES CONSTITUTIONALITY OF NEW VOTING RIGHTS LEGISLATION
ACSlaw.org
May 8, 2014

Major provisions of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA) are “constitutional exercises of congressional power” that should withstand legal challenges in court, write five leading legal experts in an Issue Brief released today by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

The VRAA was introduced early this year by a bipartisan group of lawmakers and is intended to repair some of the damage to the Voting Rights Act caused by the Supreme Court’s 2013 opinion in Shelby County v. Holder. The legislation is awaiting a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.

In “The Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014: A Constitutional Response to Shelby County,” the scholars examine various aspects of the new legislation, and explain why the bill is well within congressional power to enact...

University of Chicago Law School Assistant Professor of Law Nicholas Stephanopoulos writes that the “new formula relies on current data; it also does so reasonably to distinguish between jurisdictions with greater and lesser levels of racial discrimination in voting.”