More evidence voter ID laws don’t suppress minority voting | Kyle Wingfield | www.ajc.com

10
May

More evidence voter ID laws don’t suppress minority voting | Kyle Wingfield | www.ajc.com

Critics say [voter id] laws are designed to suppress turnout among minority voters. Never mind that, as the Supreme Court has found, there is no evidence that these laws lead to such suppression. Never mind, too, that suggesting minorites won’t or can’t be bothered to obtain an ID in order to vote is an awfully strange way of defending them.

So, I did look at the turnout rates in states with photo ID laws for voters. And, contrary to what you may have been told, voter ID laws are not suppressing minority turnout. Unless, that is, they’re simply suppressing white turnout even more.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, four states (including Georgia) have “strict” photo ID requirements. Another seven have photo ID requirements. Here’s how black turnout compared to white turnout in those 11 states:

• In five (Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee) black turnout surpassed white turnout.

• In four (Kansas, Louisiana, New Hampshire and South Dakota) there was no statistical difference between black and white turnout rates.

In two (Hawaii and Idaho) white turnout surpassed black turnout.

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