McConnell denied that GOP voting changes were racist — but a NC law just got knocked down as discriminatory

McConnell denied that GOP voting changes were racist — but a NC law just got knocked down as discriminatory
Mitch McConnell, MSNBC

Earlier this week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted that the voting bills being passed or proposed by Republicans in state legislatures all around the United States are not racist. But on Friday, a state court in North Carolina dramatically undercut this claim by knocking down a law recently passed by the GOP on the grounds that it discriminated against African-Americans.

The Kentucky Republican, speaking on the Senate floor, attacked the voting rights bills Democrats have recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives as unnecessary, saying, "There is no rational basis for the federal government taking over how we conduct elections in this country." He noted he's been making this argument since the 2016 election.

That 2015 analysis, Mangan notes, found that 9.6% of Black registered voters in North Carolina "lacked acceptable ID" compared to "4.5% of White registered voters."

North Carolina is among the southern states that had racist Jim Crow laws until the 1960s, and the panel of judges wrote, "North Carolina's unfortunate history of using voting laws to suppress minority political participation continues into the present."

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