New op-ed on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act
So Section 5 now guarantees districts that are less competitive and more polarized, not only racially but ideologically. It insulates Republican candidates and incumbents from minority voters and from issues of particular interest to them. Conversely, the insulation of minority candidates and incumbents from white voters makes it less likely that those politicians eventually will be elected to statewide positions. In sum, Section 5 encourages racial balkanization and identity politics.