June 25th, 2013 was a dark day for American politics. To the dismay of millions, the Supreme Court essentially gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in a ruling over a little-known court case called Shelby County vs. Holder. Their decision involved nullifying the most effective component of the Act – the federal pre-clearance requirement…
“The interesting thing about voting patterns now is in this last election, African-Americans voted at a higher percentage than whites in almost every one of the states that were under the special provisions of the federal government,” he said. “So really, I don’t think there is objective evidence that we’re precluding African-Americans from voting any longer.” – Rand Paul
America, folks. This is America.
Because of the amazing organizing in black communities specifically to combat ridiculous Voter ID laws, Republicans like Rand Paul are now claiming there aren’t any problems. Yes, as soon as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, states immediately implemented insane Voter ID laws, but don’t worry — Black folks voted last election! So obviously its fine!
Viewed nationally, African Americans waited an average of 23 minutes to vote, compared to 12 minutes for whites; Hispanics waited 19 minutes. While there are other individual-level demographic difference present in the responses, none stands out as much as race. For instance, the average wait time among those with household incomes less than $30,000 was 12 minutes, compared to 14 minutes for those in households with incomes greater than $100,000. Strong Democrats waited an average of 16 minutes, compared to an average of 11 minutes for strong Republicans. Respondents who reported they had an interest in news and public affairs “most of the time” waited an average of 13.2 minutes, compared to 12.8 minutes among those who had “hardly any” interest. - Waiting to Vote in 2012, Charles Stewart III
According to the study, previewed before its release to POLITICO, significantly more minority youths age 18-29 were asked to show identification than white youth: 72.9 percent of black youth were asked for ID, compared with 60.8 percent of Latino youth and 50.8 percent of white youth. Even in states where there are no voter ID laws on the books, 65.5 percent of black youth were asked to show ID at the polls, compared with 55.3 percent of Latino youth and 42.8 percent of white youth.
…And for many young minority youths, even the concept of a required ID was a primary reason they didn’t go to the polls last year: 17.3 percent of black youth and 8.1 percent of Latino youth said their lack of adequate ID kept them from voting, compared with just 4.7 percent of white youth.
Yeah. No evidence. I can’t wait to see Rand Paul 2016 commercials.