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DOJ: Black voters less sophisticated, less educated, less attuned

Charles Stewart

The Obama administration attacked a North Carolina election law claiming it would disproportionate hurt blacks. The reason? According to an expert witness, hired by the Obama administration, black voters are less sophisticated, less educated, and less attuned.

The new law would end same day voter registration. The Obama administration is claiming that ending same day voter registration is “racist” because black people are essentially too stupid to register in advance.

Charles Stewart, a political science professor at MIT, was paid by the Obama administration to testify in court.

It’s also the case that — well, yes, so it would, empirically more likely affect African Americans. Also, understanding within political science, that people who register to vote the closer and closer one gets to Election Day tend to be less sophisticated voters, tend to be less educated voters, tend to be voters who are less attuned to public affairs. That also tells me from the literature of political science that there are likely to be people who will end up not registering and not voting. People who correspond to those factors tend to be African Americans, and, therefore, that’s another vehicle through which African Americans would be disproportionately affected by this law.

The North Carolina law banning same day registration is being challenged in court by the Obama administration and the NAACP. Proponents of the law say it will make it harder to commit voter fraud.