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Confusion Over Texas Law Kept Some From Voting in 2016

Confusion over the Texas voter ID law kept some people from voting in the 2016 election, according to a new study. Last week (April 10, 2017), the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs released a study that found what many political watchers have suspected: confusion over the law kept some people from voting […]

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Confusion over the Texas voter ID law kept some people from voting in the 2016 election, according to a new study.

Last week (April 10, 2017), the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs released a study that found what many political watchers have suspected: confusion over the law kept some people from voting during the 2016 general election, even though most registered voters could have complied with the ID requirements.

The study came out the same day a federal judge issued a second ruling that the state’s voter ID law was discriminatory against African-American and Hispanic voters.

We learn more about the full report by talking with Hobby School research associate and co-principal investigator Mark Jones, a political science fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. He gives us more details about the report and the lessons that could be taken away from it for the future.

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