Electing Minorities

August 12, 1994 • Volume 4, Issue 30
Are new methods needed to help minorities get elected?
By Nadine Cohodas

Introduction

More minorities than ever before have won congressional office in recent years, thanks in large part to the creation of electoral districts with majorities of minority voters. Now a Supreme Court decision has imperiled such districts in five Southern states, spawning litigation that could diminish previous gains. Civil rights lawyers contend that requiring states to draw majority-minority districts in their legislative maps is an appropriate remedy for past voting discrimination. White plaintiffs who have challenged these maps say their rights are being denied. Some critics want to move away from the traditional single-member, winner-take-all voting schemes that breed such disputes and toward the proportional representation plans used in many countries overseas. Others dismiss such approaches as “social engineering.”

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Aug. 25, 2017  Redistricting Showdown
Feb. 25, 2011  Redistricting Debates
Apr. 11, 2008  D.C. Voting Rights
Feb. 16, 2001  Redistricting
Aug. 12, 1994  Electing Minorities
Feb. 15, 1991  Redistricting: Drawing Power with a Map
Feb. 05, 1982  Reapportionment: Year of Decision
Sep. 30, 1964  Reapportionment Struggle
May 03, 1961  Reapportionment in the Courts
Oct. 29, 1958  Unequal Representation
Oct. 10, 1950  Representation in the United Nations
Jan. 03, 1950  Legislative Apportionment
Nov. 08, 1938  Proportional Representation
May 13, 1929  The Census and Reapportionment
Dec. 06, 1927  Apportionment of Representatives in Congress
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