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September 01, 1985

A bipartisan group of congressmen, including Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.), filed a brief with the Supreme Court opposing the Reagan Administration in a case involving black voters. The brief said the Administration's interpretation of the Voting Rights Act conflicts with congressional intent. The case involving redistricting of the North Carolina Legislature tests the newly strengthened act, amended in 1982. The Administration asserted that the amendments were not intended to ensure safe seats for black candidates, but the congressmen said that position "could raise an artificial barrier" to black voters.

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