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More Voting Data for Shelby County v. Holder


Here’s more data, this time from the Pew Reseach Center, bolstering the claim that the discrimination problems that originally justified the extraordinary measures of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act just don’t exist anymore.

For example: ”In its Nov. 8-12 poll in 2012, just 4% of whites answered yes to the question: ‘Did you have any problems or difficulties voting this year, or not.’ Only 2% of African-Americans responded affirmatively.”

And: ”Further, the findings of Pew’s Elections Performance Index show that while problems in American voting — such as waiting times at polling places, or rejected voter registrations – are widespread, they are not particular to poorer states or Southern states. This lends further credence to the absence of a race gap in the incidence of voting problems.”

Also discussed is recent Census data on elections (see also this earlier post): ”The Census survey found on average slightly higher reports of voting among African-American voters than among whites in former Confederate states, 67% to 62%. Notably, in Mississippi and North Carolina, more blacks reported voting than whites by 10 and 15 percentage points, respectively. The racial gap in voting was more modest in non-Confederate states (67% among blacks versus 65% among whites).”



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