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Minority voting in Georgia on the uptick

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Though opponents of Georgia’s voter ID law, one of the first of its kind passed, have long predicted its impact would lessen minority turnout, recent statistics show that it is not the case.

Data published yesterday by the AJC shows that voter participation “among black and Hispanic voters increased from 2006 to 2010, dramatically outpacing population growth for those groups over the same period.” Specifically, turnout rose 44 percent among African-Americans, 67 percent among Hispanics in the period, with white voter participation also increasing 12 percent.

As the article notes, turnout decreased overall in 2010, but was still comparatively higher than the 2006 midterms four years prior.

Since 2008, 1,586 of 13.6 million voters have had their ballots rejected due to a lack of identification. Meaning that they were allowed to cast provisional ballots but never returned with a photo ID to validate their vote.

The numbers come on the heels of Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s assertion last month that requiring photo identification had not depressed minority turnout in the state.

-Brandon Howell

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