The U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down a key part of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. In the first of his three-part illustrated series on voting rights in America, comic journalist Andy Warner tells the story of the Voting Rights Act. Scroll through the slideshow or read it as a single image graphic below.

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Sources
1 & 2: The Voting Rights Act: A Brief History
(http://faculty.washington.edu/mbarreto/courses/law/davidson_briefhistory.pdf)
 
3: Supreme Court decision in Shelby v. Holder

(https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/717244-supreme-court-decision-in-shelby-county-v-holder.html)

Additional references
– Voting Rights Act text
(http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=100&page=transcript)

– Impact of VRA on southern states
(http://www.socsci.uci.edu/~bgrofman/40%20Grofman-Handley-Impact%20of%20VRA%20on%20representation.pdf)

– Garrow, David J. Protest at Selma: Martin Luther King and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Binghamton, NY: Yale University, 1978


SelfPortraitAndy Warner’s comic journalism has been published by Symbolia, Slate, popsci.com, American Public Media, Campus Progress and more. You can see more of his work at: andywarnercomics.com and andywarnercomics.tumblr.com.

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