Voter Identification Laws and the Suppression of Minority Votes

A new study from the University of California, San Diego entitled “Voter Identification Laws and the Suppression of Minority Votes”, compares states with strict voter ID laws to those that allow voters without photo ID to cast a ballot. Researchers found a clear and significant dampening effect on minority turnout in strict voter ID states.

This is well worth a read and at the core of why we are working to help those impacted by NC's new voting laws navigate these barriers. 

"The analysis suggests that strict ID laws of any sort do impact the racial balance of the electorate. Working through the effects of the significant interactions, we find that the gap in turnout between Latinos and whites is estimated to grow by 13.3 points in strict non-photo ID states. Likewise the gap between Blacks and whites is 7.4 points higher in strict non-photo ID states all else equal. The pattern of estimated effects for primary elections is nearly identical. In primaries with strict non-photo laws, Latinos fall a further 14.2 points behind whites and Blacks end up 11.4 points further behind whites, according to the model. Requiring identification of any sort appears to have a real effect on who votes and who does not. These laws hurt the minority community and help to give whites an outsized voice in American democracy."


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