At polling places across America in November 2012, Latinos and African Americans under age 30 were disproportionately asked for identification, even in states that do not have voter ID laws, according to a post-election analysis by researchers at Washington University and the University of Chicago.
“Our study shows that voter ID laws have disproportionately severe consequences for youth of color,” says co-author Jon Rogowski, PhD, assistant professor of political science in Arts & Sciences.
“Whether the biases are conscious or unconscious, the result of these laws is that people of color are effectively being disenfranchised. Our nation has an obligation to ensure that everyone has equal access to the voting booth.”
* Constitutionally guaranteed but unequally accessible