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The heated debate over voter IDs

Doug Chapin weighs in on what voter ID restrictions could mean in the long run.

Doug Chapin, of the University of Minnesota, says the issue of voter fraud versus disenfranchisement is a divisive one between the parties, but that there's really not much evidence of either going on. What does exist, he says, is anecdotal evidence, with he jokingly calls "anec-data." Those stories include an elderly Tennessee woman who couldn't produce even a birth certificate because she was born at home; and group of Indiana nuns who were prevented from voting because of inadequate ID. But those stories, he says, don't add up to data on whether people really are disenfranchised by stricter ID laws.

NPR Boston, Here & Now
January 10, 2012

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