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December 7, 2023

How Challenges to the Voting Rights Act Could Reshape the Political Landscape

Ask students: How many years have voters been able to bring lawsuits directly in federal court to make sure that they are not being discriminated against?

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Legal challenges surrounding voting rights in multiple states could alter the nation’s political landscape ahead of the 2024 elections. Georgia is redrawing its congressional maps after a judge ruled current maps dilute the power of Black voters. And another ruling could roll back decades of enforcement that protected minority representation. Laura Barrón-López discussed more with Janai Nelson.

For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  • Who filed the legal challenges described in this story?
  • What specific ruling was made by the Eighth Circuit Federal Appeals court?
  • When did the special legislative session begin in Georgia?
  • How many years have voters been able to bring lawsuits directly in federal court to make sure that they are not being discriminated against?
  • Which states are primarily affected?

Focus Questions

How might the ruling contribute to voter suppression and racial discrimination in the electoral process?

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Extension Activity

 Discuss: Why is the federal court's ruling on Georgia significant?

Check out the Student Reporting Labs video below on a family of election workers explaining what they do.

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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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