Ethan Explains Voter ID Laws 4/26/16

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill restricting the legality of local IDs for voting purposes (Voter ID). What is the right answer for balancing election integrity and ensuring legal citizens can vote? I provide the answer here in the video.

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This is the link for the study “Do non-citizens vote in U.S. elections?” referenced in the video – https://goo.gl/z9WcRb

From the study:

Our exploration of non-citizen voting in the 2008 presidential election found that most non-citizens did not register or vote in 2008, but some did. The proportion of noncitizens
who voted was less than fifteen percent, but significantly greater than zero. Similarly in 2010 we found that more than three percent of non-citizens reported voting.

These results speak to both sides of the debate concerning non-citizen enfranchisement. They support the claims made by some anti-immigration organizations
that non-citizens participate in U.S. elections. In addition, the analysis suggests that non-citizens' votes have changed significant election outcomes including the
assignment of North Carolina's 2008 electoral votes, and the pivotal Minnesota Senate victory of Democrat Al Franken in 2008.

However, our results also support the arguments made by voting and immigrant rights organizations that the portion of non-citizen immigrants who participate in U.S.
elections is quite small. Indeed, given the extraordinary efforts made by the Obama and McCain campaigns to mobilize voters in 2008, the relatively small portion of noncitizens
who voted in 2008 likely exceeded the portion of non-citizens voting in other recent U.S. elections.

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