Polling Center: The Partisan Split on Voting Rights

On February 27, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the provision of that landmark civil rights law that requires Texas and eight other states, as well as several local entities in other states, to receive federal “preclearance” for changes to their “voting practices and procedures.” We asked Texans about federal oversight of the election process in the October 2012 University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

In the lead up to that survey, the application of Section 5 had been prominently discussed amidst the state’s unsuccessful efforts ...

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