Shocking report: Voter ID laws don’t depress voter turnout

Shocking report: Voter ID laws don’t depress voter turnout
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[Ed. – Oh, noes. Dems aren’t going to like this.]

We’ve had more than our fair share of discussions here on the subject of voter ID laws. I’ll confess to being perpetually confused over the objections raised by opponents. One of the most common complaints is that such laws will depress voter turnout, particularly among minorities. But a new study released this month shows that these claims simply don’t hold water. Comparisons were made between states with and without voter ID laws, measuring voter turnout before and after the laws went into effect. The result? Turnout numbers stubbornly showed no statistically significant changes. (Free Beacon)

Strict voter ID laws do not suppress turnout, a new paper finds, regardless of sex, race, Hispanic identity, or party affiliation. …

In total, 10 states, ranging from Georgia to Wisconsin, require voters to show ID in order to vote. Seven of those states require a photo ID, and three do not. An additional 25 states “request” that voters display ID, but may still permit them to vote on a provision ballot if they cannot. The remaining states “use other methods to verify the identity of voters,” according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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