The Supreme Court has replaced the Constitution’s principle of the individual’s right to vote with a right to equal representation for minority groups. This post investigates the central moments of this shift in doctrine and practice.
Anthony A. Peacock is a full professor in the Political Science Department at Utah State University, where he is also the director of The Project on Liberty & American Constitutionalism (http://liberty.usu.edu). Peacock has a Ph.D. from The Claremont Graduate School and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He practiced civil litigation in Toronto from 1989-1992. He is the author or editor of five books, including How to Read The Federalist Papers (The Heritage Foundation, 2010), Freedom and the Rule of Law (Lexington Books, 2010), Deconstructing the Republic: Voting Rights, the Supreme Court, and the Founders’ Republicanism Reconsidered (The AEI Press, 2008), Affirmative Action and Representation: Shaw v. Reno and the Future of Voting Rights (Carolina Academic Press, 1997), and Rethinking the Constitution: Perspectives on Canadian Constitutional Reform, Interpretation, and Theory (Oxford University Press, 1996).