Election 2012

Poll: Voter ID Laws Will Hurt Young Americans, Hispanics, and Those Without a College Education

Analysis also shows these to be amongst the least likely to vote


(Reuters)—Younger Americans, people without college educations, the poor and Hispanics are among groups most likely to be unable to vote under new state laws requiring photo identification, an analysis of Reuters/Ipsos poll data showed on Wednesday.

More than 20,000 voter interviews over the last two months showed that an overwhelming majority of Americans have ID that would allow them to cast ballots, a central issue in an angry national debate over Republican-led efforts for tighter control of U.S. voter rolls before the November general election.

Eight percent of Americans aged 18 through 24, 5 percent of Hispanics and 5 percent of those who have never attended college lack the right papers, the data showed.