A Principle or a Strategy? Voter Identification Laws and Partisan Competition in the American States

  title={A Principle or a Strategy? Voter Identification Laws and Partisan Competition in the American States},
  author={William D. Hicks and Seth C. McKee and Mitchell Dylan Sellers and Daniel A. Smith},
  journal={Political Research Quarterly},
  pages={18 - 33}
We undertake a comprehensive examination of restrictive voter ID legislation in the American states from 2001 through 2012. With a dataset containing approximately one thousand introduced and nearly one hundred adopted voter ID laws, we evaluate the likelihood that a state legislature introduces a restrictive voter ID bill, as well as the likelihood that a state government adopts such a law. Voter ID laws have evolved from a valence issue into a partisan battle, where Republicans defend them as… 

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