Young blacks and Hispanics would be hard hit by the identification requirement, said Judith Browne-Dianis, director of The Advancement Project, which has filed legal challenges to various state voter ID laws. And since a disproportionate number of those potential voters are women, "that means at the end, young women may be the hardest hit," she said.
"People showed up in '08 in record numbers," Browne-Dianis said. "They can do it again, they're just going to have to jump a hurdle. But it's worth it."
Other findings in the Cohen and Rogowski study include:
—Changes in Florida's voting laws could leave more than 100,000 young minority voters unable to vote — far more than the 537-vote margin of victory for George W. Bush in the contested 2000 presidential election.
—If Pennsylvania's photo ID law is upheld by the state Supreme Court, 37,000 to 44,000 young voters of color may stay home, or be unable to vote.
—In Georgia, photo ID requirements could prevent a "significant number" of the 275,000 black and Latino residents of the redrawn 12th Congressional District from voting.
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