According to Rand Paul, minority voters aren’t being disenfranchised by voter suppression laws.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a tea party senator with a long history of opposition to civil rights laws, told an audience in Louisville, Kentucky on Wednesday that there is no evidence of black voters being excluded from the franchise. According to local NPR host Phillip Bailey, Paul said that he does not believe “there is any particular evidence of polls barring African Americans from voting,” during a speech to the non-partisan Louisville Forum.
As the New York times illuminated in February of this year, black and Hispanic voters waited significantly longer to vote than the average white voter did in 2012 and, in some cases, such as Florida, voters waited up to seven or eight hours to vote.
On election night in 2012, some people remained in line waiting to cast their vote until after midnight in Florida while as many as 200,000 gave up and went home.