Edward Blum is also the director of the Project on Fair Representation. He studies civil rights policy issues such as voting rights, affirmative action, and multiculturalism. Prior to joining AEI, he facilitated the legal challenge to dozens of racially gerrymandered voting districts and race-based school admissions and public contracting programs throughout the nation. He is the author of The Unintended Consequences of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (AEI Press, 2007). The book describes how in recent years the Voting Rights Act has caused minority voters to become pawns in partisan redistricting battles, diminished competitive elections, driven the creation of bug-splat-like voting districts, and contributed to the ideological polarization of voting districts.
Senior Fellow, Center for Equal Opportunity, 2002-2006
Director of Legal Affairs, American Civil Rights Institute, 2000-2002
Partner, JC Bradford, 1998-2000
President, Campaign for a Color-Blind America, Legal Defense and Educational Foundation, 1993-2000
Our nation’s laws must apply uniformly to each state and jurisdiction. Tuesday’s 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court striking down Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) restores an important constitutional order to our system of government, which entitles all 50 states to equal dignity and sovereignty.
This morning the Supreme Court issued opinions on several high-profile cases, including Fisher vs. University of Texas. AEI Visiting Fellow and Director of the Project on Fair Representation Edward Blum will host a media conference featuring Abigail Fisher today at 2:00 pm to respond to the opinion. Ms. Fisher...