The Past, Present, and Future of the Voting Rights Act
J. Morgan Kousser, California Institute of Technology
Nina Perales, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Abigail Thernstrom, Adjunct Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Janelle Wong, University of Maryland at College Park
The Voting Rights Acts turns fifty years old in 2015. This panel will consider the history and prospects of the law--paying particular attention to its impact among disparate American voters and potential voters, the ways that it has shaped political power in the country, and the consequences of recent challenges to the potency and compass of this signal piece of civil rights legislation.