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electionlineWeekly — March 23, 2017

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 III. Research and Report Summaries
electionline provides brief summaries of recent research and reports in the field of election administration. The summaries are courtesy of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., project management specialist with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Voter Identification Laws and the Suppression of Minority Votes - Zoltan Hajnal, Nazita Lajevardi, and Lindsay Nielson, The Journal of Politics, January 2017 and Comment on “Voter Identification Laws and the Suppression of Minority Votes" - Justin Grimmer, Eitan Hersh, Marc Meredith, Jonathan Mummolo, and Clayton Nall, March 2017: Hajnal, Lajevardi, and Nielson examine the impact of voter ID laws on voter turnout. They find that strict voter ID laws cause a large turnout decline among minorities, particularly Latinos. Grimmer et al critique this research and find the results are due to large data inaccuracies and that the conclusions about the impact of voter ID are not supported.