Black Turnout Surpassed that of General Population

Friday, January 4th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Issues

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We have been admonished over the past few years for advocating for voter ID laws.  The left has been accusing us of using such commonsense constitutional protections to suppress minority turnout.  Well, the results of the 2012 elections should countermand that fallacious allegation.  Unfortunately, opponents of fair elections will continue to combat voter ID laws.

According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, the reason why Obama fared so well last November was not necessarily because blacks have grown as a share of the population, but because they have grown as a share of the vote.  In fact, it appears that blacks voted at a higher rate than whites for the first time.  Yes, this is after a number of states implemented voter ID laws.

This is one salient point lost amidst all the punditry over the election results.  How can blacks (an other minorities) enjoy their best turnout election after so many states enacted laws which were supposed to prevent them from voting?  The answer is quite simple.  Voter ID laws preserve fair election for everyone in this country.