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23 March 2012

New Report Says Georgia Minorities Are Not Disenfranchised By Voter ID

We frequently hear Democrats claim that voter ID laws disproportionately disenfranchises minority voters. However, a new report compiled by a former member of the Federal Elections Commission roundly disputes that claim.

Former FEC member Hans von Spakovsky writes in his report, Lessons from the Voter ID Experience in Georgia, "Contrary to their assertions that there are large numbers of American voters without a government-issued photo ID, Georgia has had to issue a remarkably small number of IDs to individuals who did not already have one. The state’s specific turnout data on racial minorities also shows that the claim that voter ID will “suppress” their vote lacks any foundation in facts."

Hans von Spakovsky's research shows that from 2006 to February 2012, Georgia has issued just 26,506 voter ID cards. During that same period, the number of people registered to vote in Georgia increased from 4,410,738 in 2006 to 5,804,812 in February, 2012. The number of minorities voting also increased from 525,300 in 2006 to 760,000 in 2010.

Based on the numbers compiled by Hans von Spakovsky, most Georgians already have the government-issued ID required to vote. No minorities are being disenfranchised. And it is past time for opponents of voter ID to stop repeating their now refuted claims to the contrary.