New study highlights the hidden challenges of obtaining voter identification

Ten states, including Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas, have recently passed laws which require voters to show a government-issued photo identification. However, 11% of eligible voters do not have any form of government-issued ID and many lack access to obtain one due to the distance, costs, necessary paperwork, or time needed. A recent comprehensive study by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law highlights the hidden challenges of obtaining voter identification and points out that African Americans, Hispanics, and the poor are most negatively affected by the new laws.