Rand Paul: Wants voter ID, No evidence black voters blocked

by - August 15, 2013

“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.” (PHOTOS: Rand Paul’s career) Paul told the audience that he supports voter ID legislation and that comparing such laws to Jim Crow-era legislation is a disservice to the civil rights movement. “I don’t see a problem with showing your driver’s license to vote,” he said. “I also think that some people are a little bit stuck in the past when they want to compare this. There was a time in the South when African-Americans were absolutely prohibited from voting by selective applications of bizarre and absurd literacy tests. And that was an abomination. That’s why we needed the Voting Rights Act, but that’s not showing your ID.”


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