How voter ID kept minority youths from the polls in 2012

By | March 13, 2013

Voter ID laws had a disproportionate impact on minority youth voters last November, even in states without the restrictive laws.

“The very existence of identification laws makes young people of color more likely than white youth to be asked to prove their identity,” said Dr. Cathy Cohen, a researcher at the University of Chicago.

Her findings showed that young minority voters (under 30-years-old) were more likely to be asked for identification, even in states without ID requirements. Nearly two-thirds of black youth report they were asked for ID in states without voter ID laws, and a little more than half of young Latino voters reported being asked. Meanwhile only 42.8% of white youth said that they were asked for ID. (MSNBC)

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