Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says there's no "objective evidence" of racial discrimination in elections.
"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," Paul said Wednesday according toWFPL's Phillip Bailey. "So really, I don't think there is objective evidence that we're precluding African-Americans from voting any longer."
Paul's take comes as voter ID laws are sparking debates in several states, and as state lawmakers from around the nation are joining forces to combat such laws. The latest push for more strict voting laws came after the Supreme Court struck down the core of the Voting Rights Act -- which required Southern states with a history of racial discrimination to have their laws cleared by the Department of Justice -- in June.
Other lawmakers have taken drastically different stances on the issue of voting rights. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned states' "assault on voting rights" in a Monday speech, and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) has said the Supreme Court's decision broke his heart and made him want to cry.
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