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Despite All Empirical Evidence to the Contrary, Dallas Morning News Opines that Voter ID...
PJ Media ^ | January 6, 2014 | Bryan Preston

Posted on 01/06/2014 10:50:32 AM PST by jazusamo

Full title: Despite All Empirical Evidence to the Contrary, Dallas Morning News Opines that Voter ID Suppresses Votes

The Dallas Morning News is against voter ID laws. It makes that plain in this editorial, and then relies on a “study” to make its faulty case.

The new research asserts that the tougher laws are part of a GOP strategy aimed at keeping minority and low-income voters away from the polls, despite the fact that widespread voter impersonation is virtually nonexistent.

Research from University of Massachusetts at Boston sociologist Keith Bentele and political scientist Erin O’Brien shows a correlation between restrictive new voting laws and states where Republicans control the legislature or governor’s office.

In fact, the ties are so compelling that the researchers conclude that photo identification, proof of citizenship, tighter voter registration drives, shorter early voting periods, repeal of same-day voter registration and other new voter ID laws “collectively reduce electoral access among the socially marginalized.”

Restricting access to the ballot box is a dangerously slippery legal slope, which is why these measures have generated several lawsuits against Texas and other states.

First, let’s look at those lawsuits. They’re coming mainly from the Department of Justice, which is run by the sharply partisan Eric Holder and his just-as-sharply-partisan boss, Barack Obama. The Morning News neglects to mention this fact. This administration is currently waging lawfare against nuns to force them to support abortion and birth control in violation of their religious consciences. Its use of courts to impose its will and reward its political allies must be taken into account when assessing the worthiness of the legal warfare it wages.

The sociologist and political scientist who conducted the study which the Morning News cites compare voter ID requirements to blatantly racist Jim Crow laws. They put that noxious and emotionally charged comparison into the very title of their paper on the subject. Did they use real voting numbers, before and after voter ID laws have been enacted, to arrive at their conclusions?

No . They admit in their abstract that they started with the premise that voter ID laws are racially motivated, and worked backward from that conclusion.

In an effort to bring empirical clarity and epistemological standards to what has been a deeply-charged, partisan, and frequently anecdotal debate, we use multiple specialized regression approaches to examine factors associated with both the proposal and adoption of restrictive voter access legislation from 2006–2011. Our results indicate that proposal and passage are highly partisan, strategic, and racialized affairs. These findings are consistent with a scenario in which the targeted demobilization of minority voters and African Americans is a central driver of recent legislative developments. We discuss the implications of these results for current partisan and legal debates regarding voter restrictions and our understanding of the conditions incentivizing modern suppression efforts. Further, we situate these policies within developments in social welfare and criminal justice policy that collectively reduce electoral access among the socially marginalized.

Rather than relying on a politically motivated academic study, the Dallas Morning News would better serve its readers if it took the time to look at what actually happened in Texas before and after voter ID took effect. Surely the largest newspaper in Dallas has the resources to dig up numbers on the Texas secretary of state’s website?

The state legislature passed voter ID into law in 2011. The law did not take effect that year, but was in effect during the 2013 elections.

Unlike the Dallas Morning News, I actually looked at vote totals going back a decade and then across the voter ID threshold in 2013. The numbers don’t lie.

According to the Texas secretary of state’s office, 10 amendments were up for vote in 2011, the last constitutional amendment election before the voter ID law passed. Some issues received more votes than others. The one most voted on received 690,052 votes, for and against. Overall, an average of about 672,874 Texans voted on these 10 constitutional amendments.

If voter ID suppressed votes, we should see a drop in turnout, right? Well, according to the Texas secretary of state’s office, nine amendments went up for vote in 2013. The amendment that attracted the most votes, Proposition One, attracted 1,144,844. The average number of votes cast in 2013 was 1,099,670.

So, in terms of raw votes, turnout in 2013 increased by about 63% over turnout in 2011 in comparable elections. But that’s statewide. How about in areas the anti-voter ID side predicted should see “suppression”?

Turnout for the 2011 election was 5.37% of registered voters; for 2013 it was about 8%.

That’s from the piece I wrote on voter ID for CNN, a piece that went through several days of rigorous editorial back and forth before CNN.com published it.

So that’s overall turnout. How about turnout in those areas that the academics claim voter ID laws are intended to depress turnout?

Hidalgo County sits on the Texas-Mexico border and is 90% Hispanic. In 2011, an average of just over 4,000 voted in the constitutional amendment election. In 2013, an average of over 16,000 voted.

If voter ID was intended to suppress votes, it is failing as spectacularly as HealthCare.gov.

Look at Cameron County, which is about 85% Hispanic. Turnout increased from an average of 4,700 votes in 2011 to 5,100 in 2013.

The data are clear and unambiguous: Voter ID laws did not depress turnout at all. On the contrary, to the extent that voter ID impacted turnout at all, it can be argued that voter ID had a positive impact. I am not asserting that as fact, just noting that it can be argued, based on the numbers, not the reverse-engineering done by partisan academics.

The Dallas Morning News’ editorial misleads its readers, intentionally substituting a backward political analysis for hard, empirical data on voter ID. It should retract that editorial and apologize to its readers for its incompetence or its dishonesty — or both, which is most likely the case.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016election; aliens; corruption; dallasmorningnews; democrats; doj; election2014; election2016; holder; memebuilding; obama; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; texas; voterfraud; voterid

1 posted on 01/06/2014 10:50:32 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
The Dallas Morning News still exists??
2 posted on 01/06/2014 10:51:50 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: jazusamo

Pravda.


3 posted on 01/06/2014 10:52:51 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: Jewbacca; GeronL

Obama/Holder’s Pravda.


4 posted on 01/06/2014 10:55:13 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

.... Yet ..... no story about ObamaCare being absolutely racist for requiring the use of ID’s to register in the exchanges.


5 posted on 01/06/2014 10:56:19 AM PST by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: jazusamo

http://www.rnla.org/votefraud.asp


6 posted on 01/06/2014 10:57:04 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: R_Kangel

The real question is “Why are the Democrats so obsessed with voter ID?”


7 posted on 01/06/2014 10:57:14 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: jazusamo

On MSNBC which talks about this issue all the time they also use a contradictory argument that voter ID laws=voter suppression, but that voter suppression motivates Dem base voters to turn out to vote.

Melissa Harris Perry said that just yesterday.

That basically would mean that voter ID laws get more Dem voters to the polls, if so then what’s the complaint?


8 posted on 01/06/2014 10:58:30 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: jazusamo
a correlation between restrictive new voting laws and states where Republicans control the legislature or governor’s office.

And therefore what? I notice I am starting to get super annoyed at blind assertions cloaked as arguments.
9 posted on 01/06/2014 10:58:34 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: george76

Thanks, bkmk.


10 posted on 01/06/2014 11:01:16 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: sickoflibs

Yep, I guess the complaint is that voter ID suppresses voter fraud but they can’t say that.


11 posted on 01/06/2014 11:04:12 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

I attended a meeting a number of years ago at the Dallas Morning News editorial offices. The people putting the meeting together were three writers on the editorial staff. Talk about blowhards, they were so self-important and condescending that I questioned whether I really needed to keep getting the paper if these were the type of people putting that rag together.


12 posted on 01/06/2014 11:04:32 AM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

13 posted on 01/06/2014 11:06:27 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

I love to point out that the same people who say Voter ID laws are too burdensome are the same people who are champions of the ACA, which is exponentially more burdensome to comply with and which - unlike Voter ID laws - carries penalties for not signing up.


14 posted on 01/06/2014 11:06:47 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: jazusamo
ID's are required for just about everything these days....library cards, drivers license, liquor, movies, check cashing, air line tickets etc...etc...etc This propaganda about id is a smoke screen to keep the pot boiling and time wasted while the Politically Correct over throw your government pushing Global Warming, same sex marriage, gun control, bailing out Detroit, etc. these messy political vote getters from lousy politicians do not solve border issues or economy/job issues.....Stand Up Americans....demand Voter I.D. or expect fraud at the polls..........that is the only reason to allow I.D.less voting.
15 posted on 01/06/2014 11:07:57 AM PST by yoe
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To: jazusamo

And the DMN execs probably sit around all day having meetings trying to figure out why their circulation continues to decline week by week.


16 posted on 01/06/2014 11:10:01 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: yoe

Bump that!


17 posted on 01/06/2014 11:10:57 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

“Yep, I guess the complaint is that voter ID suppresses voter fraud but they can’t say that.”

Damm right it does. It suppresses voter fraud.


18 posted on 01/06/2014 11:15:05 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: jazusamo

What a bunch of ‘sickos’. Paper has become a real ‘rag’.


19 posted on 01/06/2014 11:15:36 AM PST by mulligan
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To: jazusamo

Voter ID does suppress the fraud vote which the Demmunists need to steal elections.


20 posted on 01/06/2014 11:16:38 AM PST by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: jazusamo
RE “Yep, I guess the complaint is that voter ID suppresses voter fraud but they can’t say that.”

What kind of fraud does voter ID stop? What is the typical situation?

I think the reason why Dems hate it is that voter ID laws require that voters have to do something, or pay something (ID fee) to vote.
That is contradictory to Dems getting them to the polls by promising them more and more free stuff, maybe even giving them free rides to polls. Maybe they pay no Federal taxes too.
You have to me motivated to go through some trouble to vote.

21 posted on 01/06/2014 11:17:30 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: jazusamo

Nelson Mandela agrees

22 posted on 01/06/2014 11:21:24 AM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: sickoflibs

The number one instance in my view is a person walking in a voter precinct and giving them the name of a dead person still registered and voting, there’s been videos showing how it’s done.


23 posted on 01/06/2014 11:21:33 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: andyk
And therefore what? I notice I am starting to get super annoyed at blind assertions cloaked as arguments.

Take away from that....Never accept a libs premise when you enter any discussion. It is ALWAYS a lie or faulty.

24 posted on 01/06/2014 11:23:28 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: jazusamo
It is a fact that voter fraud exists.
It is a fact that Democrats suborn it.
It is a fact that proper ID presented at the polls is effective at stopping most fraud.
It is a fact that NO ONE who screams about 'disenfranchisement' or 'marginalizing minorities' or 'overt racism' can prove anything they say to be true.

The Dems simply refuse to explain their logic or show proof that what they say is true. They choose to just scream louder and obfuscate.

25 posted on 01/06/2014 11:35:04 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("Gun horror is not a productive emotion, it's learned helplessness disguised as moral superiority.")
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To: sickoflibs
voter ID laws require that voters have to do something, or pay something (ID fee) to vote.

Untrue. A simply photo ID is available at most RMVs free of charge.

26 posted on 01/06/2014 11:37:49 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("Gun horror is not a productive emotion, it's learned helplessness disguised as moral superiority.")
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To: jazusamo

Research from University of Massachusetts at Boston sociologist Keith Bentele and political scientist Erin O’Brien shows a correlation between restrictive new voting laws and states where Republicans control the legislature or governor’s office.

Um, that would be because in those states voter fraud
is held to a minimum...


27 posted on 01/06/2014 11:43:31 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: jazusamo

All it takes is ONE illegal vote and MY vote is suppressed.


28 posted on 01/06/2014 11:44:30 AM PST by ne1410s (Proverbs 17:7 Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool - how much worse lying lips to a ruler!)
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To: jazusamo

“South Africa, under a constitution SIGNED BY MANDELA in 1996, instituted a rigorous election integrity system. Voters are now required to have valid government-issued IDs to register to vote and then cast a ballot.”

http://theblacksphere.net/2013/12/hurt-stupid-jesse-jackson/

Mandela,,,one of the lefts greatest heros.


29 posted on 01/06/2014 12:01:23 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
RE :”Untrue. A simply photo ID is available at most RMVs free of charge. “

OK how about this one?

Libs claim that white Republicans already have IDs as drivers licenses because they live outside cities.
But minority Dems tend to depend on public transportation so they have no IDs(esp if they are illegal).

So more Dems must do extra work than whites must to vote.
That's racism.

You disagree?

30 posted on 01/06/2014 12:22:01 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: sickoflibs
You disagree?

Of course. The argument is ridiculous. It's not racism. It's plain old lazy on the part of the people who use public transportation.

Would they take a bus to get to the polls? Or the library?

Then they can catch a bus to the RMV. The real reason the Libs use classic projection techniques is because they KNOW that illegals will never go into an RMV and have their picture taken. It is anathema to them. They live in the shadows, so to speak. They eschew signing up for anything that would help the Gubmint track them down.

So it must be the fault of those white racists!

31 posted on 01/06/2014 12:49:32 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("Gun horror is not a productive emotion, it's learned helplessness disguised as moral superiority.")
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
RE :”Would they take a bus to get to the polls? “

Dont the lib get out the vote groups get paid our tax $$$ to drive them to the vote?

32 posted on 01/06/2014 12:53:56 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: jazusamo

Voter ID laws depress illegal voter turnout. Period.


33 posted on 01/06/2014 1:28:11 PM PST by lakecumberlandvet (Appeasement never works.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Yes, it suppresses illegal votes, of course — that’s exactly the intent. Thanks jazusamo.


34 posted on 01/06/2014 1:57:04 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: jazusamo
NC recently passed a VoterID bill. We will find out in 2016 if it made a difference. The state has been near 50-50 in the past two presidential elections.

I'm in favor of the bill, but I'm not happy, since I see one of two outcomes.....

1) Things stay 50-50. This means that the Dems have made enormous inroads into a formerly deep red state.

2) Things go back to around 55-45. This means that my vote has been wasted for at least the past two major elections.

As a side note, one of the the real hotbuttons here is that the new bill eliminates "Pre-registration" for teenagers as young as 16 (!!!). Sez me, if the voting age is 18, why do they need to register at 16? :-)

35 posted on 01/06/2014 1:57:11 PM PST by wbill
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To: wbill

I hear you, that Pre-registration at 16 should have never been on the books in the first place. Not only that, if an 18 year-old wants to vote they are quite capable of going to their nearest place of registration to do it, no one needs to hold their hand.


36 posted on 01/06/2014 2:06:50 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

The purpose of voter ID is to suppress votes - from felons who are not legally permitted to vote, from illegal aliens who are not legally permitted to vote, and from dead/fictional voters who are not legally permitted to vote. That’s why we need voter ID, to prevent election fraud. The goals is to eliminate fraud with as little inconvenience to lawful voters as possible.


37 posted on 01/06/2014 4:10:50 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: jazusamo

The Democrats can basically commit voter fraud and get away with it — without the RNC ever stepping in to do anything about it.

http://politichicks.tv/column/heres-why-the-rnc-has-been-so-silent-about-rampant-voter-fraud/#aejyKzSQ6R63guAO.99


38 posted on 01/07/2014 7:29:53 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: jazusamo

Why the GOP won’t challenge vote fraud.

http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2012/11/15/why-the-gop-will-not-do-anything-about-vote-fraud/


39 posted on 01/07/2014 7:38:21 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: jazusamo

When there’s nothing left here but a police state I wonder if they’ll be capable of doing some navel gazing and realize the destruction people like them have caused.


40 posted on 01/08/2014 10:33:13 PM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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