Voter ID laws target rarely occurring voter fraud

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Several states have adopted new laws requiring photo IDs to vote. But there's little evidence of the kind of fraud that these laws are supposed to prevent.

Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin passed laws making people show photo ID to be able to vote. Indiana and Georgia have had such laws in place for a few years.

One election law expert says he went through 250 cases cited in an unsuccessful challenge of Indiana's photo ID law and found just nine instances over a 7-year period where someone voted in another person's name. Even supporters of the law have trouble coming with many cases of people trying to vote under a false identity.

Opponents say the laws will keep blacks, Hispanics, the poor, elderly and disabled from voting.

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