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United States.   Expand Your Research:       Journals And Magazines       The Web's Best Sites       Britannica Web Search   Workspace Projects No entries available   Open Workspace   In June the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the racially divisive case of  Shaw  v.  Reno . In a 5-4 decision the court permitted a group of white voters to  challenge the bizarre configuration of North Carolina's 12th Congressional  District, which had been created after the 1990 census to remedy past  discrimination. The new district carved a 227-km (141-mi) meandering path  through eight counties with concentrated black populations and thus helped  ensure the election of an African-American lawmaker. This decision was seen  as a threat to overturn the philosophical bases of the 1965 Voting Rights Act  and the 1982 amendments to the act. One amendment barred any voting  practice or procedure that resulted in members of minority groups having  "less opportunity than other members of the electorate to participate in the 
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