Come the November general election, close to 1 million minority voters under the age of 30 could be affected by voter ID laws implemented in 17 states, according to a new study. Between 700,000 and 1 million minority voters under 30 are expected to be unable to place a vote thanks to recently implemented voter suppression laws, with a potential drop-off in turnout amongst these voters to be close to 700,000, according to a study from the Black Youth Project.
The study, which was conducted by Cathy Cohen of the University of Chicago and Jon Rogowski of Washington University in St. Louis, found that the new photo requirements would potentially hurt young black and Hispanic voters the most. The study found that the turnout amongst young minority voters would drop from somewhere between 538,000 and 696,000 thanks to the new voter ID laws. Cohen and Rogowski estimated that between 170,000 to 475,000 young black voters would be affected, while another 68,000 to 250,000 young Hispanic voters could face the same consequences.