With preclearance gone, redistricting in Arizona enters a new frontier

The Arizona Mirror

Gerald Hebert, also a former attorney with the voting section of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, said reductions in a district’s minority voting strength wasn’t an automatic disqualifier under preclearance. “It was effective before, you just have to look at the newly configured district and see if it still performs. And if it does, it’s not retrogressive,” Hebert said. “It can’t weaken the overall performance of voters within the district, regardless of the percentage.” 

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