Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Salon: How voter ID laws helped Trump win the presidency. "Because this was the first presidential election in nearly 50 years in which the Voting Rights Act of 1965 wasn’t fully applied, swing states were able to restrict the franchise in ways that may have been consequential in Trump’s winning the Electoral College (he lost to Hillary Clinton in the popular vote). In Wisconsin, for example, Voter ID laws disproportionately targeted nonwhite voters and, according to the executive director of Milwaukee’s Election Commission, resulted in the city’s turnout dropping by roughly 41,000 voters. Trump won the state by fewer than 18,000 votes."