The Racial Implications of Voter Identification Laws in America

  • Matt A. Barreto (Creator)
  • Stephen Nuño (Creator)
  • Gabriel R. Sanchez (Creator)
  • Hannah L. Walker (Creator)



Over 40 states have considered voter identification laws in recent years, with several adopting laws requiring voters to show a valid ID before they cast a ballot. We argue that such laws have a disenfranchising affect on racial and ethnic minorities, who are less likely than Whites to possess a valid ID. Leveraging a unique national dataset, we offer a comprehensive portrait of who does and does not have access to a valid piece of voter identification. We find clear evidence that people of color are less likely to have an ID. Moreover, these disparities persist after controlling for a host of relevant covariates.
Date made available2018

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