Please explain what is going on in this article about Georgia's redistricting plan.I get a few things. Isn't it about Georgia trying to change a law about minors voting and others trying to keep it...

Please explain what is going on in this article about Georgia's redistricting plan.

I get a few things. Isn't it about Georgia trying to change a law about minors voting and others trying to keep it from happening? Help please!

http://lulac.org/news/pr/LULAC_GLBC_and_GALEO_File_Motion_To_Intervene_In_Georgias_Request_for_Preclearance_of_Statewide_Redistricting_Plans/

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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First of all, this is not an article about minors and voting.  It is about minorities and voting.

Under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Southern states (and a few other places) have to get the federal government to approve whenever they enact any laws or other policies that will affect their voting procedures.  The point of this was to make sure they did not try to create any new policies to prevent racial minorities from voting.

Now, Georgia is redistricting.  That is, it is redrawing its Congressional and legislative districts.  LULAC is arguing that Georgia has drawn its districts in such a way that minorities will have less voting power than they do now.  LULAC is not saying that the laws will prevent them from voting, but that the laws will make it so their votes will be overwhelmed by those of whites.  Therefore, LULAC is asking the federal government to reject the proposed redistricting.

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