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It feels like a moment. I know I'm supposed to analyze this piece from a purely academic perspective, but first I want to mark the occasion. Guy-Uriel Charles and Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, two of the most astute commentators on the intersection of election law and civil rights, think it's time to give up on section 5 of the Voting Rights Act ("VRA"), perhaps it's even time to give up on the civil rights paradigm altogether., When I assigned this paper to my class, one of the students said that she realized it's time for her to start mourning the VRA because it's never coming back.

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