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electionlineWeekly — July 19, 2012

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III. Research and Report Summaries

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The Challenge of Obtaining Voter Identification - Keesha Gaskins and Sundeep Iyer, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, July 2012: This new report examines the challenges eligible voters face in obtaining the proper identification in 10 states where laws require voters to present ID at the polls. These challenges include:

  • Nearly half a million eligible voters do not have access to a vehicle and live more than 10 miles from the nearest state ID-issuing office.

  • More than 10 million eligible voters live more than 10 miles from their nearest state ID-issuing office.

  • Many ID-issuing offices have limited business hours.

State-Level Estimates of Felon Disenfranchisement in the United States, 2010 - Christopher Uggen and Sarah Shannon, University of Minnesota, Jeff Manza, New York University, Sentencing Project, July 2012: New research from the Sentencing Project finds:

  • 1 of every 40 adults has lost the right to vote due to a current or previous felony conviction.

  • In Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia more than 7 percent of the adult population has lost the right to vote due to a current or previous felony conviction.

  • Approximately 7.7 percent of the adult African American population has lost the right to vote due to a current or previous felony conviction compared to 1.8 percent of the non-African American population.