Voter-ID Laws Discourage Participation, Particularly among Minorities, and Trigger a Constitutional Remedy in Lost Representation

  title={Voter-ID Laws Discourage Participation, Particularly among Minorities, and Trigger a Constitutional Remedy in Lost Representation},
  author={Richard Sobel and Robert Ellis Smith},
  journal={PS: Political Science \& Politics},
  pages={107 - 110}
  • R. SobelR. Smith
  • Published 1 January 2009
  • Law
  • PS: Political Science & Politics
Because voter-identification laws discourage voter turnout, particularly among identifiable minority groups, their implementation abridges a fundamental constitutional right. The U.S. Constitution includes a little-known remedy for denying or abridging the right to vote that reduces a state's congressional representation in proportion to the extent of the abridgements. 

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