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The Texas Voter ID Law and the 2016 Election


As Texas and other states consider changes to their voter ID laws in light of court decisions, the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs recently completed a report, "The Texas Voter ID Law and the 2016 Election," based on surveys of registered voters who sat out the 2016 elections in the state's two highest profile battleground jurisdictions: Harris County and Congressional District 23 (CD-23), which stretches from San Antonio to El Paso. The study finds that confusion over the law kept some registered voters from voting although most of them had appropriate identification. Latino voters were affected most significantly.

Read the report.

Read the media release.

In Texas, almost all non-voters have a photo ID - but few understand the voter identification rules (Washington Post)

Cross, Granato, Jones: State should focus on voter education (Houston Chronicle Op-Ed)

Study: Texas voter education campaign failed to prevent ID confusion (Texas Tribune)

It's not lack of an ID but the 'uninformed and misinformed state of the Texas non-voting electorate' that tamps down turnout (Austin American-Statesman First Reading blog)


Read the 2014 study.