Rice political scientist available to comment on limitation of federal oversight of

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.edu Rice political scientist available to comment on limitation of federal oversight of Voting Rights ActHOUSTON — (June 25, 2013) — Following a deeply divided Supreme Court limiting the groundbreaking Voting Rights Act of 1965, Rice University political scientist Robert Stein is available to discuss the decision’s implications.“The court’s decision struck down the preclearance requirement, now making the burden of proof harder for those challenging laws they believe are discriminatory,” said Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and a fellow in urban politics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. “Advocates of voting rights for African-American and Latino voters still have Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act on which to challenge state and local laws and practices that might ‘discriminate on the basis of race, color or membership in one of the language minority groups;’ however, this section protects only against laws and practices that are in place, not those being considered for adoption and implementation.”Stein said it is possible that the consequences of this decision will lessen minority representation by ceasing to concentrate minority voters in single-member districts to elect minority candidates. If so, he said, the result will be the dispersion of minority voters in otherwise nonminority districts represented by Anglo officeholders.“Given the increasing size and portion of the electorate that is non-Anglo, this ‘dispersion’ of minority voters might give minority voters greater influence in the selection of Anglo and otherwise Republican officeholders,” Stein said.Stein is an expert on voting behavior, urban politics and public policy; his publications have appeared in a wide range of scholarly journals. Stein’s current research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and examines the impact of the federal aid system on the electoral trajectories of officeholders at both the subnational and congressional levels. Other research examines collective action among metropolitan area governments and voting behavior.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.To schedule an interview with Denney, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.-30-This news release can be found online at http://news-network.rice.edu/news.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Robert Stein biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/rstein/ Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img