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New In Congress

VRI Report Cited by the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Findings Accompanying H.R. 9, The Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006 (May 22, 2006).

New Publications

Ellen Katz, Not Like the South? Regional Variation and Political Participation Through the Lens of Section 2, Democracy, Participation and Power: Perspectives on Reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act (Berkeley Public Policy Press, forthcoming 2007).
The Voting Rights Initiative Report has been published as Katz et al., Documenting Discrimination in Voting Under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act Since 1982, 39 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 643 (2006). 

New Additions to the Voting Rights Initiative Report


The Voting Rights Initiative launch event on November 10, 2005 featured a panel discussion with voting rights experts and advocates.

About The Voting Rights Initiative

The Voting Rights Initiative is a faculty-student research collaborative established in January 2005 at the University of Michigan Law School. Working under the direction of Professor Ellen Katz, a group of 100 Michigan law students set out to document the nature and scope of litigation brought under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act since 1982.