Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Voter ID laws depress voting rates

While  federal law requires only of first-time voters to verify their identity, many states have imposed additional voter ID requirements (sometimes in response to concerns about noncitizen voter fraud).  New data suggests that such ID requirements have resulted in lower voting rates, particularly among minority voters.  "States that imposed identification requirements on voters reduced turnout at the polls in the 2004 presidential election by about 3 percent, and by two to three times as much for minorities, new research suggests."  Christopher Drew's NYTimes story today gives an overview of the data and the debate over its significance.  That story is here. 

-jmc

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Why in the world would anyone complain if the illegal aliens cannot vote themselves more welfare? And they .are. voting on issues that concern themselves.

We need a secure vote and what we have now is silly at best. But it probably won't matter much longer for no other reason than that Nancy Peolosi has already suggested the illegal aliens will probably be getting amnesty, and probably be gaining instate tuition. But at this point, honoring the law would be a nice thing for us all to do.

Posted by: Joel E. Wischkaemper | Feb 21, 2007 4:59:15 PM

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