voter ID law http://wfpl.org en Rand Paul Says No Evidence of Racial Discrimination in Elections http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-says-no-evidence-racial-discrimination-elections <p>Speaking at the Louisville Forum this week, Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., says there is no evidence that African-Americans are being barred from U.S. elections more than whites.</p><p>The comments come as several civil rights leaders announce they are launching a 50-state project aimed at reviving a historic law after the Supreme Court struck down a key part of it this year.</p><p>Many proponents argue a recent <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec13/voting_08-13.html">voter ID law in North Carolina</a> is an example of legislation that wouldn’t have passed if the full Voting Rights Act was intact. Both the ACLU and NAACP have filed a <a href="http://www.usnews.com/news/newsgram/articles/2013/08/13/two-lawsuits-challenge-nc-voter-id-law">pair of lawsuits alleging the state law is aimed at suppressing minority voters</a> in upcoming elections.</p><p>Paul says there was once a time for the Voting Rights Act and there is still justification for the federal government to intervene if an individual's civil rights are violated.</p><p>But Kentucky's junior senator says any new provisions shouldn’t focus on southern states based on past cases of discrimination.</p><p>"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 says. "So really, I don't think there is objective evidence that we're precluding African-Americans from voting any longer."</p><p>In 2012, census figures showed black voter turnout was around 66 percent compared 64 percent among whites. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:47:26 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6459 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul Says No Evidence of Racial Discrimination in Elections Grimes Compares Voter ID Laws to Jim Crow Era Suppression http://wfpl.org/post/grimes-compares-voter-id-laws-jim-crow-era-suppression <p>Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is speaking out against the rise of voter identification laws across the country, and she blames Republican leaders for pushing the measures.</p><p>Several <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/voter-id.aspx">states have passed new measures to protect the integrity of elections</a>, but they have also made registering and voting more difficult. Many of the laws require voters to present a government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot.</p><p>But opponents, including Grimes, say the new laws target <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/04/voter-id-laws_n_1741448.html">young</a>, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/10/eric-holder-voter-id-poll-tax_n_1662847.html">minority</a> and <a href="http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/05/marriage-certificate-required-bureaucrat-tells/">elderly voters</a>, who tend to vote Democratic.&nbsp;</p><p>"Here in Kentucky we’ve seen no indication of in-person fraud, which would indicate that we would need to change or alter or amend our current ID requirements. But what we have seen in states surrounding us, they are Republican controlled both at the governor's level and state legislature level. We have seen ID requirements being strengthened to be a government issued id," she says.</p><p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 21:27:40 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1332 at http://wfpl.org Grimes Compares Voter ID Laws to Jim Crow Era Suppression