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August 28, 2013

Lawyer.Com Story Quotes Nelson Extensively

An article titled Justice Department Sues Texas for Voter Suppression, on quotes Professor Janai Nelson throughout.  The case was filed under §§ 2 and 3 of the Voting Rights Act. Here is an excerpt from the story:

“Section 2 has always been a very well used provision of the Voting Rights Act,” says Janai S. Nelson, a professor at St. John’s University School of Law. “Now it is increasingly important in combating discrimination because Section 5 is on hiatus if not completely eviscerated.”

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Section 3 of the VRA is more obscure. “That provision allows a court to decide to require preclearance or federal oversight over a state or other jurisdiction’s voting practices once the discrimination lawsuit has been filed and discrimination has been found,” Nelson says. “As part of the remedy courts can say not only do we find the law in question a violation, but it is such a serious violation that we are going to require that you be watched and monitored by the government going forward.”

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