Filmed in response to the recent Shelby County v Holder Supreme Court case, this student-produced documentary provides a glimpse into modern voting rights issues through the eyes of people who the law affects, not talking heads. In North Carolina, a state partially covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the small rural town of Kinston provides a real world example of why the Act is important and still necessary. Kinston is located in one of the 40 covered counties in North Carolina. A short drive from the progressive cities of Durham and Raleigh, Kinston residents know that their town seems to be “stuck in the past” in terms of race relations. By citing various examples of the presence of racially polarized voting and recent voter suppression tactics, the people who live in covered areas provide the most compelling argument for Section 5. Kinston and other covered areas have not “caught up” with their more progressive, uncovered counterparts; without Section 5, they will only slip further into the past.

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