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Fri Jul 13, 2012, 09:36 AM

21. Harvard professor: Texas' voter ID law would disproportionately affect minorities

AAS 7/12/12

Harvard professor: Texas' voter ID law would disproportionately affect minorities

WASHINGTON — Testimony in a weeklong trial that will determine the fate of Texas' controversial voter ID law wrapped up Thursday with an expert witness for the Justice Department telling a federal court that the law would affect minority voters more than white ones.

Steve Ansolabehere, a Harvard University professor and expert in statistics and elections, said his research shows the 2011 Texas law is more likely to affect black and Hispanic voters than white ones.

Under cross examination, he acknowledged the limits of his research when pressed by lawyers for the State of Texas and three judges hearing the case. Ansolabehere said there could be "legitimate critiques" of his research and that tweaks could make it more precise.

Lawyers for Texas had argued that Ansolabehere's research methods were flawed. On cross-examination, they presented him with some names from a list of people he had said could be affected by the law. They included people who were well-known, such as former President George W. Bush and U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.

On Wednesday, Daron Shaw, a professor of political science at UT-Austin, said there was no evidence that requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls disproportionately affects one race or would affect turnout.


Our expert says there will be an impact, their expert says no. I just wonder who the judges will believe.

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