Texas' Redistricting Case Tested the Strength of the Voting Rights Act, and the Law Buckled
Civil rights attorneys say the Supreme Court’s decision Monday in a Texas redistricting case showed how difficult it is to prove discrimination in voting laws.
“This shows that Chief Justice Roberts was entirely incorrect to say that other parts of the Voting Rights Act will make up for Section 5 being struck down,” said Mark Gaber, senior legal counsel for the Campaign Legal Center. Gaber was one of the lawyers who represented some of the plaintiffs in that 2013 Texas’ redistricting case.
The thinking at the time was that Section 3 could make up for the loss of Section 5. But there are big differences between the two sections.