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Matt A. Barreto, Stephen A. Nuño, Gabriel R. Sanchez
Using a statewide survey, researchers investigate whether all groups of the general population are equally affected by voter identification laws. The findings conclude that minorities, low-income, less-educated, and younger and older voters have disproportionately lower access to proper identification. They find no difference pertaining to gender. They find a statistically significate difference in access to ID between republicans and democrats, in that republicans are more likely to have access to proper ID.
These results contradict the popular argument (the very argument used by the supreme court) that obtaining a voter ID is not a large burden. The data suggests that poor, minority, and very young or very old voters are at a significant disadvantage in terms of obtaining proper ID, and that such laws are disproportionately disenfranchising these groups.
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