Friday, May 15, 2009

Voter ID study and info

study from, reported  by 
  • On April 28, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court's  Crawford v. Marion County Election Board  decision ruled that on its face Indiana's photo-ID law did not pose an unconstitutional burden on voters.
  • A January 2008 Rasmussen Reports survey found that 80 percent of voters approve of photo identification requirements, while only 13 percent disapproved.
  • Opponents of voter ID laws exaggerate the burden of obtaining the appropriate identification.
  • Despite the popularity of voter ID laws, some claim that such laws will disenfranchise voters.
  • New studies indicate that voter ID laws do not suppress voter turnout.
  • The findings of the Heritage analysis suggest that voter identification requirements, such as requiring non-photo and photo identification, have virtually no suppressive effect on reported voter turnout.
    Additional research strongly suggests that voter ID laws do not suppress voter turnout.
  • Professor Milyo analyzed the change in voter turnout in Indiana counties before and after the implementation of the state's photo ID law.
  • Overall, statewide turnout increased by 2 percentage points.
  • Voter ID laws are a common sense policy to help ensure the integrity of elections.

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