Appearing on MSNBC on Wednesday with host Ronan Farrow, former Amb. Andrew Young, a former advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., spoke about the upcoming 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the persistent challenges to achieving racial equality. He was specifically asked about restrictions to accessing the ballot box and why polling shows voters feel their ability to vote is improving. Young said that this was only true of young people who are able to use technology to get around “obstructions.”
“There are new Pew numbers out today that shows access to the polls, some states got better from the 2008 elections to the 2012 elections,” Farrow observed. He asked if this counters the argument that there is unprecedented obstruction of the right to vote, particularly in minority communities, or if the problem of voter suppression has grown only in the last year.
“No,” Young replied. “I think what those numbers indicate is that the president and young people are finding ways to use technology to deal with the obstructions.”
“But us senior citizens who aren’t that comfortable with technology need to vote, too,” he concluded.
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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