Minorities Disproportionately Affected by Photo ID Voting Requirement PDF Print E-mail

The following chart shows in black the percent of people in various categories in Wisconsin who don't have a driver's license and would have difficulty exercising their right to vote.  The Republican campaign to restrict voting to people who have a photo ID would prevent tens of thousands of people from voting in Minnesota, and millions throughout the country.

The Driver's License Status of
Voting Age Population in Wisconsin
(Black = No DL)

drivers license - status of groups in wisconsin

John Pawasarat, Employment and Training Institute
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

In a 2009 study in Indiana, Professors Matt Barreto, Stephen Nuño, and Gabriel Sanchez found that election restrictions like voter ID laws have the greatest impact on the elderly, racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, those with less educational attainment and lower incomes.  Of the citizen adult population, 81.4% of all white eligible adults had access to a driver’s license, whereas only 55.2% of black eligible adults had the same access. 

The 2007 study, "Voter ID Requirements and the Disenfranchisement of Latino, Black, and Asian Voters," found that minority voters in California, New Mexico, and Washington State are less likely than whites to be able to present photo identification.

John Lewis, Democratic Congressman from Georgia, wrote that "the Republican-backed wave of voting restrictions demonstrates that the fundamental right to vote is still subject to partisan manipulation."  In addition to laws requiring a photo ID, several states have passed laws restricting voting before election day.  Though these laws apply to all voters, they will affect African Americans and other minorities disproportionately.  Read Lewis' article in the New York Times:  "A Poll Tax by Another Name."




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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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