The point-by-point refutation of proposed legislation that would require photo ID for voters continues. Chris Fitzsimon sums up a lot of the arguments in this morning’s “Monday Numbers.”
And, as always, the best place to read comprehensive analysis on this issue is at the website of Democracy NC.
Here’s one of their more compelling fact sheets from last week:
Who doesn’t have photo ID?
The State Board of Elections matched its database of 6.1 million registered voters with records at the Division of Motor Vehicles and found that 1 million voters did not have a NC driver’s license or identification card with matching name and address – a current, valid NC photo ID.
Out of the 1 million voters:
- 114,000 matched except for a variation in name (e.g., women who changed their last name).
- 334,000 had additional mismatching information but some indication they had an ID
Out of the remaining 554,000 voters where no indication that a match existed:
- 95,000 are classified as Inactive registered voter
- 460,500 are Active registered voters with no indication of a NC current and valid ID.
Out of the 6.1 million registered voters, 5.6 million are Active. This analysis compares the demographic profile of 460,500 Active voters who lack ID with the 5.6 million statewide.
For example, while Blacks make up 22% of all Active voters, they are 32% of those without an ID, which means if you’re a Black Active voter, you’re 48% more likely to not have a current ID than other Active voters. Seniors over 65 are 20% of Active voters but 32% of those with no ID. Women and Democrats are also more likely to not have a current ID than men and Republicans.