Whether out of circumstance or an emerging trend, where state authority
was at issue, this term the U.S. Supreme Court overwhelmingly deferred
to state decision makers-- a significant reveral from last year.
This week the US Supreme Court ruled on the scope of the minority vote dilution component (section 2) of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). In doing so the court interpreted the VRA to only protect the voting power of minority groups when they constitute a majority of the electorate in a legislative district. This ruling makes the requirements of section 2 significantly narrower then the defendant in the case, the chief elections official for the state of North Carolina, had believed it to be.