Voter ID Laws: The Disenfranchisement of Minority Voters?

  title={Voter ID Laws: The Disenfranchisement of Minority Voters?},
  author={Ben Pryor and Rebekah Herrick and James A. Davis},
  journal={Political Science Quarterly},
AMERICANS THINK OF THEIR NATION as an exemplary democracy despite its long history of disenfranchising racial and ethnic minorities. It was not until 1870 that the Fifteenth Amendment gave former male slaves and their male descendants the right to vote. It took another 50 years until women became enfranchised by the Nineteenth Amendment. Still, many citizens had to deal with systematic disenfranchisement caused by regressive state laws such as poll taxes and literacy tests—some of which… 

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