Department of Justice

Department of Justice Documents

  1. US Department of Justice, Part 51 – Procedures for the Administration of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, 28 Code of Federal Regulations Ch. 1 (7-1-99 Edition)
  2. US Department of Justice, Redistricting Points of Contact (2010)
  3. US Department of Justice, Summary of Dept. of Justice Cases Arising under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (1988-2009)

Department of Justice Documents



US Department of Justice, Part 51 – Procedures for the Administration of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, 28 Code of Federal Regulations Ch. 1 (7-1-99 Edition)
This document prepared by the United States Dept. of Justice explains the procedures that must be followed under Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, as amended. Section 5 of the Act involves the all-important pre-clearance provisions that require some states, and parts of other states, to submit their redistricting plans, and any changes in voting laws, customs, practices and procedures, to the Justice Department for prior approval before they can become legally effective. While this is not a document with which you would want to curl up on the couch, it is an important tool in the arsenal when questions arise about how Section 5 of the Act works and who is responsible for doing what.
US Department of Justice, Redistricting Points of Contact (2010)
This Justice Dept. guide identifies the Justice Dept. attorneys to contact in each state when issues, questions or problems arise with regard to redistricting, whether during or after the redistricting cycle has ended. It also provides a phone number to call to start the path toward contact with a Justice Dept. attorney responsible for assistance in your area.
US Department of Justice, Summary of Dept. of Justice Cases Arising under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (1988-2009)
This is an interesting summary of Justice Dept. cases brought under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act since 1988. A careful read of these case summaries will assist to understand the kinds of claims that the Justice Dept. has been willing to bring. In some instances the summary provides the disposition of the case, and in some cases the remedies are also explained.

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