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If Illinois had voter ID law, 685,000 residents could not vote

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 9th, 2012




SPRINGFIELD — If Illinois had a voter ID law, 685,000 residents — or almost one out of every 10 voters — could not cast a ballot.

That’s according to the results of a statewide poll released Wednesday by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

“This is a delicate issue,” David Yepsen, director of the nonpartisan institute, said in a statement. “We all want clean elections, yet no one should inadvertently disenfranchise voters either. This poll shows Illinois policy makers need to tread carefully if they want to pursue voter ID laws.”

The poll results are in line with other research that shows about 11 percent of voters nationwide lack a government-issued photo ID, according to figures compiled by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law.

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