Even people who don’t think that voter ID laws are needed to prevent voter fraud acknowledge that voter ID laws don’t suppress minority voting and in fact “don’t seem to have much of an impact on minority turnout at all,” as multiple studies confirm:
- “In short, more stringent ID requirements for voting have no deterring effect on individual turnout across different racial and ethnic groups.” (Also, “universal mail voting, no-excuse absentee voting, and early in-person voting, have no systematic effect on turnout when racial and ethnic groups are analyzed separately.”)
- “We find no evidence that [stricter voter ID requirements] have a net demobilizing effect.”
- “[T]here is little evidence that racial minorities are less likely than whites to vote when states institute voter identification requirements.”
Three studies, one conclusion.