Obstacles to Estimating Voter ID Laws’ Effect on Turnout

@article{Grimmer2018ObstaclesTE,
  title={Obstacles to Estimating Voter ID Laws’ Effect on Turnout},
  author={Justin Grimmer and Eitan Hersh and Marc Meredith and Jonathan Mummolo and Clayton Nall},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  year={2018},
  volume={80},
  pages={1045 - 1051}
}
Widespread concern that voter identification laws suppress turnout among racial and ethnic minorities has made empirical evaluations of these laws crucial. But problems with administrative records and survey data impede such evaluations. We replicate and extend Hajnal, Lajevardi, and Nielson’s 2017 article, which concludes that voter ID laws decrease turnout among minorities, using validated turnout data from five national surveys conducted between 2006 and 2014. We show that the results of… Expand
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