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Professor's voting-rights article published in 'Arizona Attorney'

November 05, 2010

An article by Professor Patty Ferguson-Bohnee of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and Director of the Indian Legal Clinic, about the 45-year history of the Voting Rights Act, was published in the November edition of Arizona Attorney magazine.

In “The Struggle for Equal Voting Rights,” Ferguson-Bohnee writes that the federal protections and rights afforded by the act have strengthened minority participation in all aspects of elections. Voter registration is up, minority voters increasingly are determining the outcome of key races, and more minority candidates are being elected to office, she writes.

“Only the test of time will tell if the framework will succeed in providing equal voting rights to all citizens,” according to Ferguson-Bohnee.

To read the full article click here.

Ferguson-Bohnee has substantial experience in Indian law, election law and policy matters, voting rights and status clarification of tribes. She has testified before the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Louisiana State Legislature regarding tribal recognition, and has successfully assisted four Louisiana tribes in obtaining state recognition. Ferguson-Bohnee has represented tribal clients in administrative, state, federal and tribal courts, as well as before state and local governing bodies and proposed revisions to the Real Estate Disclosure Reports to include tribal provisions. She has assisted in complex voting rights litigation on behalf of tribes, and she has drafted state legislative and congressional testimony on behalf of tribes with respect to voting rights’ issues.