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ANALYSIS: The Real Reason Democrats Now Say They Support Voter ID

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Hayden Daniel Deputy & Opinion Editor
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Democrats have decried efforts to introduce voter I.D. laws across the country, often accusing such measures of being racist Republican ploys to suppress minority voters.

Particular ire was reserved for Georgia’s voting integrity law, which included a provision requiring Georgia voters to provide identification information when they apply for absentee ballots. Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams called the measure “Jim Crow 2.0” in March. But many Democrats, Abrams included, seem to have changed their tune on voter I.D. laws after several polls came out showing that the measure is popular among American voters. Backing voter I.D. could both regain them popular support and boost their leverage when it comes time to push through other progressive policies.