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Unformatted text preview: the Voting Rights Act in 1965 paved the way for blacks to register and vote in Georgia and the rest of the South. Black voter registration rates are now similar to those for whites. African Americans now hold more state legislative, congressional, and statewide constitutional offices than do white Democrats, but both black and white Democratic candidates fail to win elections of all levels. Georgia became the first southern state to elect an African American to Congress in the twentieth century when Andrew Young won the 44% black Fifth Congressional District. 1.) Should Georgia still be covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act? 2.) Why is Georgia one of the few states that still keep track of voter participation data by race?...
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2012 for the course POLS 1101 taught by Professor Cann during the Spring '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.
- Spring '08