Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 8.35.58 AMIt’s no surprise voter registration laws hinder Black people from casting their votes. A new study now strengthens the theory.

In a report released by the Government Accountability Office, it was discovered the election turnout in Kansas and Tennessee, both states which has tightened their voter ID requirements between 2008 and 2012 elections, has plummeted compared to four states that has not changed their identification requirements.

Reduced voter turnout was stronger among young adults between 18 to 23 than compared to adults aged 44 to 53. It was also observed, the reduction was more noticeable among Blacks than their Caucasian, Hispanic or Asian counterparts.

According to the Huffington Post, it was noted the decline in voter turnout were nearly two percent greater in Kansas and from two to three percent higher in Tennessee than compared to Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, and Maine, all states that hasn’t imposed sticker voter ID laws.

Among Black voters, in Kansas the reduction was nearly four percent greater than it was among whites and in Tennessee it was almost two percent larger among Blacks compared to whites, the report stated.

Since young people and Blacks are more inclined to vote Democrat, Democrats believe voter registration laws are Republicans’ way to reduce Democratic turnout on Election Day. However, Republicans refute the idea saying it’s a way to reduce voting fraud.

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  • Primmest Plum

    Okay but why?

    I read the piece (here and from the source) and from what I can understand you just need a state issued ID. Now I’ve gotten a state ID and it wasn’t a fun experience dealing with the DMV but I did. I understand that these regulations are done to keep us from the polls but, come on. You mean to tell me all they had to do was say you need to bring a photo ID and that’s enough to keep us from the polls?

    Is it really that easy to hinder us? Get a damn ID.

    • I agree; granted, I could never vote for any party that tried to limit my voting rights, I also don’t see how needing a state ID ever kept anyone from voting. Don’t most adults 18+ have some form of government issued ID?