The state’s witnesses have begun rebutting plaintiffs’ claims that several election law changes enacted in 2013 are discriminatory:
In court documents and through cross-examination, state attorneys have argued that North Carolina is under no obligation to provide things such as early voting and same-day voter registration, that the law is racially neutral and that it applies equally to everyone, regardless of race. One of the major points that state attorneys have pushed is that black voter turnout increased in 2014, when many of the law’s provisions were in place, as compared to 2010.
Thornton testified that her analysis of data indicated that black voter turnout increased at a higher rate in 2014 than it did in 2010, both in early voting and on Election Day. Thornton also testified that people registered to vote at higher rates between 2012 and 2014 than they did between 2008 and 2010.
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