The New York Daily News: States that passed voting restrictions saw decreased turnout, flipped to Trump


“It’s undeniable that there is an effect [from new voting laws]. The people that enact these laws know what they’re doing,” said Gerry Hebert, the director of voting rights and redistricting at the Campaign Legal Center.

Ohio allows voters without ID to vote only on provisional ballots, though Hebert said that national data from previous elections show that only 10 to 15% of those who cast provisional ballots end up certifying their eligibility through the local registrar in time for their votes to be counted.
He added that a raft of legislation, such as an Ohio law purging some voters from rolls because of inactivity that was overturned earlier this year, can generally decrease the number of people exercising their right to vote.

A provision eliminating the "Golden Week," a period when voters could both register to vote and vote early in Ohio, was upheld by the Supreme Court.

“The cumulative effect of all that on the voter psyche is very damaging. Voters feel they are targets and they are being targeted intentionally,” Hebert said.

The former Justice Department lawyer also said that even if laws are challenged and struck down in court, people not up to date with the news may not realize that legislation such as the Ohio voter purge is no longer in effect.

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