Rogers v. Lodge
Significance, The Lower Courts Rule, The Supreme Court Rules, Dissenting Voices
Quentin Rogers, et al.
Herman Lodge, et al.
That Burke County's election system for county commissioners violated the rights of African American citizens by watering down their voting power.
Chief Lawyer for Appellants
E. Freeman Leverett
Chief Lawyer for Appellees
David F. Walbert
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor, Byron R. White (writing for the Court)
Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens
Date of Decision
1 July 1982
Upheld the lower court's ruling that Burke County's election system was discriminatory against African Americans.
In the years that followed, the Court wrestled with the question of the inherent unconstitutionality of at-large voting arrangements. Its inability to establish an absolute standard for defining electoral discrimination is reflected in the unusually vehement dissents. The U.S. Congress, through amendments to the Voting Rights Act and other legislation, attempted to address the problem of minority disenfranchisement through statutory means.
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