The Effects of Photographic Identification on Voter Turnout in Indiana: A County-Level Analysis

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The Effects of Photographic Identification on Voter Turnout in Indiana: A County-Level Analysis

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Title: The Effects of Photographic Identification on Voter Turnout in Indiana: A County-Level Analysis
Author: Milyo, Jeffrey
Contributor: University of Missouri-Columbia. Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs. Institute of Public Policy
Keywords: voter turnout
photo ID requirement
Date: 2007-12
Publisher: University of Missouri - Columbia Institute of Public Policy
Citation: Milyo, Jeffrey. (2007). “The Effects of Photographic Identification on Voter Turnout in Indiana: A County-Level Analysis.” Report 0-2007. Retrieved [Month Day, Year], from University of Missouri Columbia, Institute of Public Policy Web site: http:// www.truman.missouri.edu/ipp/products
Abstract: I examine the change in voter turnout across Indiana counties before and after the implementation of photo ID requirements. Overall, statewide turnout increased by about two percentage points after photo ID; further, there is no consistent evidence that counties that have higher percentages of minority, poor, elderly or less-educated population suffer any reduction in voter turnout relative to other counties. In fact, the estimated effect of photo ID on turnout is positive for counties with a greater percentage of minorities or families in poverty. The only consistent and frequently statistically significant impact of photo ID in Indiana is to increase voter turnout in counties with a greater percentage of Democrats relative to other counties. These findings run counter to some recent and prominent concerns that have been raised about voter identification reforms; however, these results are consistent with both existing theory on voter behavior and the most recent and reliable empirical evidence on the effects of voter identification requirements on turnout.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/2549

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