A political science and law professor at the University of California-Irvine, Richard Hansen told CNN that "It's true that there is some voter fraud in this country ... but there is no credible evidence that there is any systematic in-person voter fraud. It's not a serious problem.” Then why are these laws becoming so popular?
A quick breakdown of supporters for voter identification laws shows that they are mostly Republican. The demographic group affected by this legislation is composed of: citizens above the age of 65, African Americans, and Latinos, all which namely favor the Democratic party. Many senior citizens do not have birth certificates as through the years they have either lost it or were never issued one. Likewise, there is a multitude of young people and low income people that do not own drivers licences because they cannot afford a car. Nor do they have the means to travel, and thus do not own a passport. Since people of lower economic status are benefited by the progressive economic platform of the democratic party, they are more likely to vote for Barack Obama, a decision that negatively affects the prospects of the Republican Party candidate.
Due to the aforementioned reasons, Latinos of lower economic status are significantly impacted by the voter identification laws. With more Hispanics eligible to vote than ever before in this coming election, the new laws become more contentious. Florida and Colorado, for example, are swing states with significant Latino populations. The Latino vote could very well decide the outcome of these states. Colorado does not require photo identification to vote, but Florida does. This could substantially affect the voter turnout and thus alter the results of the elections.
The voter registration laws are greatly influencing these coming election, and specifically, will affect the Latino vote.
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