It’s no surprise voter registration laws hinder Black people from casting their votes. A new study now strengthens the theory.
In a report released by the Government Accountability Office, it was discovered the election turnout in Kansas and Tennessee, both states which has tightened their voter ID requirements between 2008 and 2012 elections, has plummeted compared to four states that has not changed their identification requirements.
Reduced voter turnout was stronger among young adults between 18 to 23 than compared to adults aged 44 to 53. It was also observed, the reduction was more noticeable among Blacks than their Caucasian, Hispanic or Asian counterparts.
According to the Huffington Post, it was noted the decline in voter turnout were nearly two percent greater in Kansas and from two to three percent higher in Tennessee than compared to Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, and Maine, all states that hasn’t imposed sticker voter ID laws.
Among Black voters, in Kansas the reduction was nearly four percent greater than it was among whites and in Tennessee it was almost two percent larger among Blacks compared to whites, the report stated.
Since young people and Blacks are more inclined to vote Democrat, Democrats believe voter registration laws are Republicans’ way to reduce Democratic turnout on Election Day. However, Republicans refute the idea saying it’s a way to reduce voting fraud.