Today the Black Youth Project releases its latest memo, “Turning Back the Clock on Voting Rights: The Impact of New Photo Identification Requirements on Young People of Color.”
The new analysis finds that young people of color possess photo IDs at lower rates than whites. Therefore, they will be disproportionately demobilized by the recent spate of photo ID laws.
Our estimates indicate that turnout amongst youth of color will be reduced significantly in states where such laws have been passed, and the consequences will be of particular importance in battleground states like Florida and Pennsylvania.
Extensive voter mobilization and education efforts will be crucial to ensure high levels of turnout amongst young people in November.
“The Impact of New Photo Identification Requirements on Young People of Color” is the seventh in a series entitled Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics released by the Black Youth Project.