Voter ID law does not suppress election turnout

A major claim by progressive and Democrats is that by calling for voter ID laws, Republicans are attempting to suppress minority election day turnout. That's not necessarily the case.

Critics of the Texas voter identification law claim that a voter ID requirement suppresses voter turnout. However, turnout data from elections held with the voter ID law in place show that there is no evidence whatsoever that this requirement has prevented Texans from turning out to vote. In fact, turnout increased during the 2013 state elections —- despite the enactment of the new voter ID requirement. Likewise, during the 2014 midterm elections —- a contest that saw voter participation plummet across the U.S. —- turnout in Texas declined at a smaller rate than the national average and a smaller rate than the rates in 12 states that have no ID requirement.

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  • Saying that voter ID laws suppressing voter turned may "not necessarily be the case" is hardly a ringing endorsement of those laws or even much of a defense. If voter ID laws are not meant to suppress the turnout of likely Democratic voters, then why are Republicans pushing for these laws when they admit, in ever state that there is no evidence of voter fraud? The only reason that it's a partisan issue is because it is a Republican initiative. Doesn't that beg the question, "Why are they doing it?"

  • Dennis, just because voters are onto the scheme and making sure they can vote doesn't mean the goal of Republicans hasn't been to suppress the vote of people who don't typically vote for them.

    The fact is that voter fraud doesn't really exist.

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    In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    If voter fraud doesn't "really exist" please explain how, after I moved out of Chicago in 1991 a vote continued to be cast in my name in every election, primary and general, until a relative who had just become an election judge challenged my registration?

  • If voter ID laws are not intended to suppress Democratic votes why do Republicans--and only Republicans--support them?

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Jnorto, if it were proved food stamps were intended to buy votes would you say it's not right to give out foods stamp? Voter ID laws are the right thing to do.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Is that why Republicans support voter ID laws and oppose food stamps?

  • It's lunacy to argue that voter fraud doesn't exist. See my full response in a new post at

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