The Racial Implications of Voter Identification Laws in America

  title={The Racial Implications of Voter Identification Laws in America},
  author={Matt A. Barreto and Stephen A. Nu{\~n}o and Gabriel R. S{\'a}nchez and Hannah L. Walker},
  journal={American Politics Research},
  pages={238 - 249}
Over 40 states have considered voter identification laws in recent years, with several adopting laws requiring voters to show a valid ID before they cast a ballot. We argue that such laws have a disenfranchising affect on racial and ethnic minorities, who are less likely than Whites to possess a valid ID. Leveraging a unique national dataset, we offer a comprehensive portrait of who does and does not have access to a valid piece of voter identification. We find clear evidence that people of… Expand

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