Blacks and Latinos Were Overwhelmingly Denied Voter IDs in Wisconsin
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Currently, 34 states require some form of ID and seven states require photo IDs. According to a report by Mother Jones, in 2016, in Wisconsin— a key swing state — 85 percent of people denied voter IDs by the state DMV were black or Latino.
Voter ID laws at the state level require a person to provide some form of official identification in order to register to vote and ultimately cast a ballot in an election. Proponents of voter ID laws, who are mostly right-leaning, say they’re necessary to prevent voter fraud. But critics, like the American Civil Liberties Union, see them as “part of an ongoing strategy to roll back decades of progress on voting rights.”
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