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III. Research and Report Summaries

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Lessons Learned from the Voter ID Experience in Georgia – Hans von Spakovsky, The Heritage Foundation, March 19, 2012: New research finds increases in the total number of Hispanic and black voters in Georgia in the 2008 and 2010 general elections relative to the 2004 and 2006 general elections. These increases occurred after the state started requiring photo ID at the polls in 2007.

Analyzing Voter Turnout After Voter ID – Keesha Gaksins, Brennan Center for Justice, March 15, 2012: An analysis of Hispanic turnout in Georgia finds that the percentage of Hispanic voters (calculated as a percentage of registered voters) casting ballots in 2008 and 2010 decreased relative to turnout rates in 2004 and 2006.

Increasing Youth Participation: The Case for a National Voter Pre-Registration Law - Ceridwen Cherry, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Volume 45 Issue 2 - Winter 2012: A federal law allowing sixteen year olds to pre-register to vote is proposed. Data are cited that show the percentage of young people who are registered to vote actually cast ballots at high rates. The author suggests, therefore, that the challenge is not getting young people who are registered to cast ballots, but rather improving the voter registration process for young people.