The Determinants of State Legislator Support for Restrictive Voter ID Laws

  title={The Determinants of State Legislator Support for Restrictive Voter ID Laws},
  author={William D. Hicks and Seth C. McKee and Daniel A. Smith},
  journal={State Politics \& Policy Quarterly},
  pages={411 - 431}
We examine state legislator behavior on restrictive voter identification (ID) bills from 2005 to 2013. Partisan polarization of state lawmakers on voter ID laws is well known, but we know very little with respect to other determinants driving this political division. A major shortcoming of extant research evaluating the passage of voter ID bills stems from using the state legislature as the unit of analysis. We depart from existing scholarship by using the state legislator as our unit of… 
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