Second expert testifies that voter turnout increased after passage of North Carolina election law

28th of July 2015

Overall turnout and turnout among black voters was higher in 2014 than 2010

Evidence shows that HB 589, the North Carolina election law enacted in 2013, had no negative impact on voter turnout in 2014, and in fact turnout increased compared to 2010, the state’s second expert witness in the federal trial challenging the law testified.

Trey Hood, a professor of political science at the University of Georgia, said in U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem that he could find no evidence that North Carolina’s shortened early voting period discouraged a significant number of people to vote…

Hood compared turnout rates for the 2010 and 2014 mid-term elections and Democratic primaries, and found that with an early voting period of ten days in 2014, compared to 17 days in 2010, more total voters voted and more black voters voted.

Hood argued that the Democratic primary in 2010 was more competitive than the one in 2014. He said he would have expected higher voter turnout in 2010, but his analysis of the data revealed the opposite – the overall turnout was higher in 2014 than 2010. The turnout among black voters was also higher in 2014 than it was in 2010.

The turnout was high both during the early voting period and on Election Day, Hood said.  Hood said black voters cast ballots during the shortened period of early voting at higher rates than whites in 2014.

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