here is something of a mystery at the heart of the voter ID cases: how many Texans actually lack the documents required to cast a ballot in the state, and who are they? Now, two Justice Department expert witnesses have come up with an algorithm that may provide answers. …Read the full article...
The study found that five percent of Texans didn’t have a form of ID that would allow them to vote under the current law.
“Of those who don’t have IDs, minority voters, particularly African-Americans, were less likely to possess a photo ID,” [Eitan Hersh (a political science professor at Tufts University and one of the algorithm’s developers)] says.
He says that Latinos were less likely to have ID than whites, but more likely than African-Americans to have one.
By Jill Ament and Shelly Brisbin