“The partisan politics of election laws”

Guy Charles and Luis Fuentes-Rohwer have written this piece for the Reuters symposium on Shelby County. A snippet: “the Voting Rights Act must be amended in two ways. First, the statute would prohibit any voting qualification, proposed or applied by any state or political subdivision, that might have a substantial impact on a citizen’s ability to vote in federal elections. Second, Congress should create a nonpartisan federal agency — a Voting Rights Office similar to the Congressional Budget Office. Just as the CBO gives Congress independent analysis on budget issues, a VRO would provide independent analysis on any proposed voting qualification or procedure that might have a substantial impact on citizens’ ability to vote in federal elections.”

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