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Opinion | The Myths of Voter ID - The New York Times
You could imagine a world in which the voter ID debate reflected a real and sweeping clash of interests. If conservatives were right that the laws reduced rampant voter fraud by preventing illegal immigrants from voting for Democrats in large numbers, and meanwhile liberals were also right that the laws dramatically reduced turnout among African-Americans and other liberal-leaning constituencies, effectively limiting the right to vote, then the whole debate would be extremely consequential and difficult to resolve.

In this world, however, the stakes seem to be considerably lower. That’s the conclusion of a new study, one of the largest to date, from the economists Enrico Cantoni and Vincent Pons, which assessed the impact of voter ID laws between 2008 and 2016 using a nationwide voter file. The study finds that requiring voter identification has no effect on turnout — not overall, and not on “any group defined by race, gender, age, or party affiliation.”
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4 days ago by dwalbert
Strict ID Laws Don't Stop Voters: Evidence from a U.S. Nationwide Panel - Marginal REVOLUTION
U.S. states increasingly require identification to vote – an ostensive attempt to deter fraud that prompts complaints of selective disenfranchisement. Using a difference-in-differences design on a 1.3-billion-observations panel, we find the laws have no negative effect on registration or turnout, overall or for any group defined by race, gender, age, or party affiliation. These results hold through a large number of specifications and cannot be attributed to mobilization against the laws, measured by campaign contributions and self-reported political engagement. ID requirements have no effect on fraud either – actual or perceived. Overall, our results suggest that efforts to reform voter ID laws may not have much impact on elections.
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6 days ago by HispanicPundit
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Politics That Work is a resource for finding hard data to enable you to decide which party's policies are actually playing out better. We present a wide variety of infographics and graphs that package reliable, objective, publicly available information about the parties' track records into formats which we hope make the patterns in the data clear. Many of our graphs focus on the economic performance of the policies of the Republican and Democratic Parties, but we cover a variety of other topics of political importance as well.
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7 days ago by tomjlowe
Inaccurate claims of noncitizen voting in Texas reflect a growing trend in Republican states - The Washington Post
In North Carolina, legislative leaders said in 2014 that more than 10,000 suspected noncitizens were registered to vote, but state election officials found that number was vastly overstated and determined that only 11 noncitizens voted that fall. In Florida in 2012, a list of 180,000 possible noncitizens ultimately led to the removal of 85 voters from the rolls. Similar claims have been made in Colorado, Indiana and Kansas.
10 days ago by bermz

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