Voter I.D. Laws Thwart Democratic Process to Favor Republicans

Christopher Ingraham comments on the results of a new working paper that analyzes “turnout in recent elections — between 2008 and 2012 — in states that did and did not implement the strictest form of voter ID laws. [Researchers] found that these laws consistently and significantly decreased turnout not just among traditionally Democratic-leaning groups, like blacks and Hispanics, but among Republican voters too.”

“The findings are notable because they’re some of the first using data in elections that took place after some states implemented photo ID requirements to vote. Previous studies on the effects of these laws showed mixed results.”

“Their analysis suggests that turnout for Latino voters was suppressed by 10.8 points in states with strict photo ID laws, compared to states without them. For multiracial Americans, the drop was 12.8 points.”

“The net effect of all this? ‘Democratic turnout drops by an estimated 7.7 percentage points in general elections when strict photo identification laws are in place.’ Democrats weren’t the only ones affected, either. The data showed that Republican turnout was depressed by 4.6 percentage points too.”

“But the laws disproportionately affected Democratic voters. ‘The turnout advantage of those on the right is three to five times larger in strict photo identification states, all else equal. These results suggest that by instituting strict photo ID laws, states could minimize the influence of voters on the left and could dramatically alter the political leaning of the electorate.”

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  • Latino’s best have a long memory.
    Because this is how the GOP rolls, by cheating.

    • laughingdog

      If you can’t win by the rules, cheat.

      If you can’t cheat, change the rules.

      That’s basically this generation’s GOP rulebook.

    • Calbengoshi

      If you want to know whether Mexican Americans have a long memory, take a look at their voting pattern in California ever since 1994 when a GOP Governor supported a constitutionally defective ballot proposition to deny government services (including education) to illegal immigrants.

      • we owe a big part of our Dem supermajority today to that

  • Vista-Cruiser

    Most of this could have been prevented had Democrats bothered to vote back in 2010.

    • dionysus_finch

      Yup, what do you know. A bunch of people who didn’t get every last item on their wish list decided to “show the Dems” by shooting themselves and the country in the foot. Again. And for their next trick, ladies and gentlemen, President Rubio!

      At least they’ll be sure to maintain consistency by blaming the Democrats for their sitting the election out.

      • actually Dem turnout in 2010 was typical for Dems but GOP / TEA turnout was through the roof

        • pisher

          “The best lack all conviction, while the worst
          Are full of passionate intensity.”

  • mtnycz

    I am sure this was just an unintended consequence, right? I mean, they said it was never about voter suppression and always about protecting the integrity of the vote. And I, for one, take them at their word.

  • pisher

    Ya don’t say. 😐

  • CJR

    I am shocked to find out there is gambling in this establishment.
    Your winnings, sir.

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