September 07, 2010

Voting Rights Act oddity

According to this story, American Traffic Solutions, which owns and operates cameras monitoring traffic compliance at intersections, sued to stop an upcoming city referendum on the cameras in Baytown, TX. In part, it argued based on the Voting Rights Act, claiming that the question was submitted for the ballot beyond the deadline for such matters, without preclearance.

But it also apparently argued that the referendum would violate the Voting Rights Act because it would draw large quantities of legitimate voters who "historically tend[ ] to vote in a conservative manner," thereby diluting minority voting strength.

First I've ever heard of a claim like that.

Posted by Justin Levitt at September 7, 2010 08:20 PM