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Poll: Texans Overwhelmingly Support Voter ID Law

By    |   Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:32 AM

After the Supreme Court last week upheld Texas' voter ID law for the Nov. 4 elections, a new poll has found overwhelming support for the new requirements among Texans.

According to a poll by the University of Texas/Texas Tribune conducted Oct. 10-19 of 1,200 registered voters, 67 percent have a favorable view of the law that requires voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot.

By contrast, 22 percent say they have an unfavorable opinion of the law which will go into effect for the midterm election but is being challenged in court for future elections.

Under the Texas law signed last year by GOP Gov. Rick Perry, voters who turn up at the polls without one of seven approved forms of photo IDs issued by the state or federal government, would be given a provisional ballot. In order for the ballot to be counted, voters must bring the approved ID to the registrar's office within six days of the election.

The survey also found that views are largely determined along partisan lines. Specifically, just 19 percent of Democrats have a "very favorable" opinion of the law compared to 85 percent of Republicans. Fifty-one percent of independents have a very positive view of the law.

"Voter ID is now seen completely through a partisan lens," Jim Henson, co-director o the poll and head of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. "People then match their expectation of the facts to their predispositions."

At the same time, 38 percent of those surveyed believe the law will decrease turnout at the polls while 43 percent think it will have no effect.

"I think people are overthinking this," said Daron Shaw, a government professor at UT-Austin and co-director of the poll. "It cuts blacks in half — a core Democratic constituency. And Hispanics are for it. What Republican wouldn't go for that? It's just a wedge issue."

Opponents of voter ID laws contend it is unfair to minorities and low income voters who may be deterred from voting as a result of not having the proper documentation to qualify.
Supporters say the laws will decrease fraud and verify voter eligibility.

As of June, 33 states had voter ID laws in place, according to the Government Accountability Office.

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After the Supreme Court last week upheld Texas' voter ID law for the Nov. 4 elections, a new poll has found overwhelming support for the new requirements among Texans.According to a poll by the University of Texas/Texas Tribune conducted Oct. 10-19.
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