Who doesn’t have photo ID?

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.

COMPARING WHO DOESN’T HAVE PHOTO ID IN N.C. AMONG ACTIVE REGISTERED VOTERS, 2011
  

# Active Registered Voters 3/3/2011 

# Active Reg. Voters with

No ID 

% Active Reg. Voters with

No ID 

% of All Active Reg. Voters 

% of Active Reg. Voters with

No ID 

Increased Chance of Being Without ID

STATE 

5,618,530 

460,538 

8.2% 

100.0% 

100.0% 

  

        

  

  

  

  

White 

4,113,656 

276,006 

6.7% 

73.2% 

59.9% 

  

Black 

1,210,707 

147,104 

12.2% 

21.5% 

31.9% 

48% 

Hispanic, Native Amer., Asian, Other  

272,236 

27,588 

10.1% 

4.8% 

6.0% 

24% 

        

  

  

  

  

Age 18-25 

592,803 

48,331 

8.2% 

10.6% 

10.5% 

  

Age 26-40 

1,350,860 

100,437 

7.4% 

24.0% 

21.8% 

  

Age 41-65 

2,499,478 

162,772

6.5% 

44.5% 

35.3% 

  

Age Over 65 

1,108,107 

148,988 

13.4% 

19.7% 

32.4% 

64% 

        

  

  

  

  

Men 

2,531,811 

162,640 

6.4% 

45.1% 

35.3% 

  

Women 

3,037,121 

290,521 

9.6% 

54.1% 

63.1% 

17% 

        

  

  

  

  

Republicans 

1,784,608 

111,665 

6.3% 

31.8% 

24.2% 

  

Democrats 

2,513,385 

266,269 

10.6% 

44.7% 

57.8% 

29% 

Unaffiliated 

1,310,602 

82,140 

6.3% 

23.3% 

17.8% 

  

4 Comments

  1. Roger Sherman

    March 14, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Wow…and I thought “liberals” were the academics! Your analysis is elementary as it clearly dismisses other factors that would significantly reduce the “number of voters without IDs.”

    For example, how many college students from out of state attend college in North Carolina, register to vote in North Carolina, yet still maintain a drivers’ license from their home state?

    How many servicemembers have a drivers’ license from another state, yet register to vote in North Carolina since they are stationed at one of our many military bases?

    Finally, how many new residents have moved to NC, yet have not bothered to get a NC drivers’ license, but have registered to vote?

    If you can provide numbers to these simple questions, then a more workable number could be found. Until then…this is nothing short of scare tactics and a true disservice to honest political debate.

  2. gregflynn

    March 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    How many political hacks can’t have an honest political debate because they have so many different online identities and are so confused about who they are and where they are that they get tickets for expired tags because their vehicle is registered at one address and they are registered to vote at another?

    Nobody has dismissed “other factors” except the sponsors of the bill that would require current PhotoID with identity and address information that matches the information in voter registration files. Those “other factors” would not be allowed to vote.

    The NC Constitution requires free elections. Supporters of the bill point to Georgia but that state’s constitution does not require free elections, and unlike NC GOP proposals to date, the GA law provides for free IDs and the use of various government IDs including expired drivers licenses, though the information has to be current and must match the files.

  3. Jerimee

    March 14, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    College students are allowed to claim residency in North Carolina and vote.

    It is discouraging that conservatives hold the right to vote in such little regard.

  4. pino

    March 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    460,500 are Active registered voters with no indication of a NC current and valid ID.

    How many of those people:

    1. Are still alive
    2. Still live in North Carolina
    3. Don’t have one of the following?

    - A special identification card for nonoperators issued under G.S. 20?37.7.

    - A valid identification card issued by a branch, department, agency, or entity of this State, any other state, or the United States authorized by law to issue personal identification.

    - A valid United States passport.

    - A valid employee identification card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government, this State, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this State.

    - A valid United States military identification card.

    - A valid tribal identification card.

    - A valid North Carolina voter identification card issued under G.S. 163?166.13.

    Further, did you know you have to present photo ID to purchase Sudafed? Further, there is a recommendation to require photo ID to pick up prescription medication:

    http://www.ncleg.net/documentsites/Committees/JLHCOC/2010%20Interim%20Committee%20Meetings/September%207,%202010/William%20Bronson%27s%20Presentation.pdf

    I would expect you to complain about medicinal discrimination against the same set of people you are claiming voting discrimination.

    I bet’cha you won’t though.