Hillary Clinton Cites False Study In New Book

Amber Athey Podcast Columnist
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In her book “What Happened,” Hillary Clinton cites a false voter ID study to blame low turnout for her 2016 loss in Wisconsin.

According to NTK Network, Clinton writes in her book, “In Wisconsin, where I lost by just 22,748 votes, a study from Priorities USA estimated that the new voter ID law helped reduce turnout by 200,000 votes, primarily from low-income and minority areas.”

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However, when Democratic Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin made the same claim that turnout was reduced by the law, Politifact rated her claim as “mostly false.”

“A report she cites from a Democratic candidate-supporting group says a decline in voter turnout between the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections in Wisconsin was entirely due to the state’s new photo identification requirement for voting,” Politifact wrote.

“But experts say that while photo ID requirements reduces turnout to some extent, they question the methodology of the report and say there is no way to put a number on how many people in Wisconsin didn’t vote because of the ID requirement,” the fact checker concluded.

As Politifact points out, the study assumes that all of the decrease in turnout could be attributed to the voter ID law, when other factors — such as a lack of enthusiasm for Clinton — could contribute as well.


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