New True the Vote report debunks youth vote suppression claims

A recent OurTime report claims the youth vote is being suppressed, but a True the Vote (TTV) report issued Wednesday showed that this so-called voter suppression does not actually exist.

TTV, a nonpartisan voting rights organization, found only one case of alleged voter suppression in their study. While the new report put out by the left-leaning OurTime said that online voter registration would help turn out the youth vote, TTV found that this may not be the case.

During the 2012 presidential election, the youth vote was slightly up from 2008. Approximately 49 percent of millennial voters exercised their right to vote in November.

While OurTime.org calls itself a non-partisan group, it showed its true liberal colors when it claimed voter ID laws also suppressed the youth vote. The report also called for a federal mandate allowing university IDs as acceptable identification to vote.

“We support federal legislation that would require states with strong photo ID restrictions to accept a standardized list of IDs, including student and university IDs as well as library cards in addition to a numerous other forms of documentation,” the report read.

But TTV proved it wrong again when it discovered that strict ID laws does not actually hurt voter turnout and can actually encourage it.

“Georgia is known to have the ‘strictest’ photo requirement in the nation,” TTV President Catherine Engelbrecht said in a statement. “In two consecutive general election cycles, the state has seen increases in voter turnout. This is more evidence that voter confidence and turnout rise together, thanks to photo voter ID.”

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2 Responses to “New True the Vote report debunks youth vote suppression claims”

  1. Roger Mitchell says:

    How can the vote be suppressed ? You show up you vote I myself was denied the ability too vote in 2004 as I was just recovering form an accident that crippled me for life and was just back on crutches after 2 yrs of bed rest and physical rehab I was able to stand on crutches barley. the wheelchair was to much bother.. I stood there as long as I could asked for a chair and was told nope can’t set in a chair in line you have to stand so after 1/2 to 45 mins and deliberately being sent by the poll person into the wrong line then I was ordered to go to the rear of another line I had to leave now all who ordered me around where Black! and I’m not but let me contact anyone to complain and all I get was sorry .. But again I am just a simple middle class working man and I have no rights other then to pay taxes for others to feed off of or get their cell phones for free .. Preaching to the choir just hope we all can survive their votes down the road 10 yrs ..

  2. Peter Smith says:

    As a millennial and a public policy lawyer, I’m ashamed that Red Alert has published this article. It’s an embarrassment to our generation. I don’t know about the author of this article, but for young Americans who don’t have cars and rely public transportation, being expected to have an ID when you don’t have a car and haven’t needed one before — it poses a bit of a problem. But the author just doesn’t seem to care about that. Maybe her parents gave her a car before she was of voting age, but not all of us are so lucky. Nor does she suggest any ways that would fairly secure the vote without screwing those young Americans who might not already have ID’s… And there are other solutions to this problem that don’t require screwing our generation: a nation-wide electronic fingerprint verification system, for one, which would prevent any instances of voter fraud while simultaneously avoiding the constitutional problems posed by the 24th amendment that can’t be avoided without the government paying for voter ID cards for everyone (which would cost BILLIONS that taxpayers would have to foot the bill for). And I have NO idea how she reaches the conclusion that erecting barriers to the polls increases turnout. The quote she uses, claiming “This is more evidence that voter confidence and turnout rise together, thanks to photo voter ID” is completely misleading and there is NO evidence that strict voter ID requirements were in any way to thank for the increase in turnout. NONE. My guess for the large turnout in Georgia during the last two elections would be the enthusiasm for Obama amongst the high African-American population in Georgia, coupled with the opposition to Obama amongst Georgia conservatives. And the only study the author cites in defense of her argument cites a complete lack of evidence which isn’t the same thing as a basis of evidence of what she’s trying to prove – to the best of my knowledge there isn’t any centralized reporting system tracking members of our generation turned away at the polls, so OF COURSE the study can’t demonstrate evidence of something nobody tracks! Both as a member of our generation, and as a public policy attorney who knows this issue inside out, I’d ask Ms. Byrne to do some research and rewrite this article or take it down.

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