May 07, 2008

How Do We Know How Much the Indiana Voter ID Law Deterred Voting?

Via Jonathan Adler comes this Washington Post blog posting suggesting that the Indiana voter ID law did not cause many problems (nuns and students aside) at the polling places.

That may be true, but it doesn't prove much about the deterrent effect of the ID. That is, if a would-be voter does not have a valid id the voter has learned through the state's "extensive education" efforts, that the voter need not bother to show up to vote. What would be the point, unless the voter was indigent or had a religious objection, and was willing to make a second trip to the county seat within 10 days to have that vote count.

Posted by Rick Hasen at May 7, 2008 09:58 AM