I see there is a new ballot initiative being proposed in Mississippi to require voters to present photo IDs when voting. This is no doubt one of many Red state attempts to take advantage of last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court Case Indiana Democratic Party v. Rotika, which finally concluded (6-3) that such rules were constitutional.
The reason photo ID rules are controversial is because many low-income people do not have such IDs, and these laws effectively disenfranchise them. This might be viewed as an unfortunate side-effect if voter fraud were a real problem, but everything I’ve read said it was not. In fact, during the oral argument of the Indiana case last summer, the Indiana attorney general conceded that Indiana had NEVER had a case of voter impersonation.
Americanists: Has anyone done any studies on these laws to see how they affect turnout, generally and specifically as to low-income voters? I’d be curious to see what the effect is.