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For Immediate Release

How Will Supreme Court Decision in Shelby County Reshape Voter Rights Law?

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New Rochelle, NY, July 11, 2013—The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in the Shelby County v. Holder case effectively nullified a central provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While everyone agrees that this iconic federal law was responsible for opening up the ballot box to African Americans and other racial minorities, there is great uncertainty—and sharp disagreement—on the consequences of the Court’s decision in Shelby County.

For those seeking to understand the implications of this decision and how it may affect voting rights in years to come, Election Law Journal, from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, has a number of informative and thought-provoking articles and commentaries. The articles are available free on the Election Law Journal website.

Published papers on the Voting Rights Act include: "On Overreaching, or Why Rick Perry May Save the Voting Rights Act but Destroy Affirmative Action," by Ellen Katz; "Court Deference to State Legislatures in Redistricting After Perry v. Perez," by Jeffrey Wice and Leonard Kohen; "Bilingual Voting Materials and the Expansion of the Voting Rights Act Beyond the African American Community," by Louis DeSipio; and "Race and Southern Politics," by Richard Engstrom.

Election Law Journal has also published articles and commentaries on election practices likely to be affected by the Supreme Court's action. These include "Souls to the Polls: Early Voting in Florida in the Shadow of House Bill 1355," by Michael Herron and Daniel Smith; “Protecting the Integrity of the Election Process" by  Hans A. von Spakovsky; "Election Deform: The Pursuit of Unwarranted Electoral Regulation," by Justin Levitt; "Latino Voters 2012 and Beyond: Will the Fastest Growing and Evolving Electoral Group Shape U.S. Politics?" by Sylvia Lazos; and "Redistricting Developments of the Last Decade—and What's on the Table in This One," by Michael McDonald.

Daniel Tokaji, Co-Editor of Election Law Journal and Robert M. Duncan/Jones Day Designated Professor of Law, The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, states: "While reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County vary widely, there can be no doubt that this decision will reshape voting rights law for many years to come. Election Law Journal has featured many articles in recent years that will help policymakers, advocates, and scholars consider what steps might be taken to protect the right to vote. These include papers on the Voting Rights Act, as well as practices – such as voter ID and early voting – that are affected by it. The Journal will also feature papers on the right to vote after Shelby County in forthcoming issues, including ones from the American Association of Law Schools annual meeting in 2014."

About the Journal
Election Law Journal (ELJ) is the authoritative peer-reviewed journal on election law, policy, and administration. ELJ is published quarterly online with Open Access options and in print. Led by Co-Editors Paul Gronke of Reed College and Daniel P. Tokaji of The Ohio State University, the Journal covers the field of election law for practicing attorneys, election administrators, political professionals, legal scholars, and social scientists, and covers election design and reform on the federal, state, and local levels in the U.S. and in 75 countries around the world. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Election Law Journal  website.

About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers
is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, and law, including Biotechnology Law Report, Gaming Law Review and Economics, and Environmental Justice. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s over 70 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.