In a scathing opinion issued this year, she ruled that the city had violated the Voting Rights
Act and reinstated the city's eight single-member districts.
The Voting Rights
Act contained a wonderful gambit of suspending literacy tests and all other voting "devices" in the South and allowing their reintroduction only if approved ("precleared") by the Department of Justice.
Why do you think voting rights
activists chose to march as a way of getting their message across?
In the long-term, the Voting Rights
Act significantly and noticeably improved voting rights
and increased political power for African Americans in the South.
When the Voting Rights
Act was signed in 1965, it was a bipartisan effort.
Currently, the voting right
of a single individual or entity is limited to 10 per cent, irrespective of their shareholding.
Rumbles of opposition to the renewal of the Voting Rights
Act were heard this past summer and grew loud enough for Republican congressional leaders to postpone a vote on the measure on June 22, 2006.
Under certain circumstances, where a corporation is being disposed of, it must seemingly be (or hold an interest in) an "eligible corporation." An "eligible corporation" is one where "the taxpayer holds not less than 90% of the issued and outstanding share capital having full voting rights
under all circumstances and having a fair market value of not less than 90% of fair market value of the issued and outstanding shares" of the corporation.
Under pressure from the Right to Vote coalition, a voters' education group, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack announced in July that the state would restore voting rights
to all ex-offenders who had completed their sentences.
On August 6, tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in Atlanta to demand the renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights
August 6 is the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights
The Unfinished Agenda of The Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights
March (John Wiley & Sons, March 2005, $24.95, ISBN 0-471-71037-7) by the editors of Black Issues in Higher Education, our sister publication, examines the history of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights
march in Alabama 40 years ago, and the role it played as a catalyst for the signing of the Voting Rights
Act of 1965 and the work yet to be done toward full enfranchisement of all Americans.