Monday, September 24, 2012

Study: Up to 10 Million Hispanics Disenfranchised by Voting Laws

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 9:10 AM

A new study indicates that new voting laws could block more than 10 million Hispanic U.S. citizens from registering and, according to Reuters, the number is "so large, it could affect the outcome of the Tuesday, Nov. 6 election."

The civil rights group Advancement Project announced this morning that new rules purge people suspected of not being citizens, unfairly targeting Latinos. New laws in three states require proof of citizenship for voter registration, requiring "onerous and sometimes expensive documentation requirements," according to the group.

Other states require photo identification that imposes cost in time and money for millions of Latinos who are citizens but do not yet have the required ID.

While Idaho expects prospective voters to produce photo identification at the polls, the Gem State has another option: Citizens can sign an affidavit at the polls in order to vote.

According to Reuters, decades of study have found virtually no use of false identification in U.S. elections or voting by noncitizens.

The Hispanic vote could be crucial in battleground states such as Nevada, Colorado and Florida.

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