Voter Identification Laws, Diminished Registration Opportunities

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Voter Identification Laws, Diminished Registration Opportunities, and Reduced Early Voting Periods Impact Minority, Poor, and Elderly Voters In every election, the major parties are trying to figure out how to win the election by ascertaining which voters or groups of voters support or oppose their candidate. One of the strategies used to win an election is the use of voter mobilization or conversely demobilization. It is general knowledge that a part of the Democratic party 's tactics to win elections is simply to get their supporters mobilized and to get out the vote, while the Republicans realize their "leverage goes up as the voting population goes down" (Hicks et al. 19). The product of these different strategies results in the Democrats trying to get: more people registered, more people to vote in the early election, more people to vote absentee or mail in votes, and more people to the polls on the day of the election. Conversely, Republicans want to suppress votes from traditionally Democratic voters: minorities, the poor, students, and the elderly, so they use the strategies that will reduce the chances of the Democrats from casting their vote by stricter voter identification laws, shorter registration hours, no same day of election registration, and reduced early voting periods. The majority of the suppression tactics need to be voted through the state legislatures which requires a plausible legal reason to enact these disenfranchisement tactics. The

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