Proposal Title

Cast Your Vote

Presenter Information

Erin Shaw, Valdosta State University

Primary Faculty Mentor’s Name

Michael Baun

Session Format

Oral (max. 15 minutes)

Abstract

This is a quantitative study of the voter identification laws from each state in the United States. It examines the potential factors that could influence how lenient or strict the voter identification laws are by state. The independent variables that this study considers are population density, African American population, Latino population, region, education and which party is in control of the state legislature. The data that is collected is put into a cross- tabulation table to determine the significance of each independent variable. The correlation analysis reveals that college degree, African American population, and partisan control of the state legislature are statistically significant predictors of the strictness of state voter identification laws. A cross-tabulation analysis also reveals significant differences by region as well as across state legislatures. The analysis also concluded that Latino population and population density are insignificant factors. The study will conclude on current developments on state voter identification laws.

Keywords

voter identification laws, elections law, partisan control, minority voting, U.S. elections

Presentation Year

2017

Publication Type and Release Option

Event

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Cast Your Vote

This is a quantitative study of the voter identification laws from each state in the United States. It examines the potential factors that could influence how lenient or strict the voter identification laws are by state. The independent variables that this study considers are population density, African American population, Latino population, region, education and which party is in control of the state legislature. The data that is collected is put into a cross- tabulation table to determine the significance of each independent variable. The correlation analysis reveals that college degree, African American population, and partisan control of the state legislature are statistically significant predictors of the strictness of state voter identification laws. A cross-tabulation analysis also reveals significant differences by region as well as across state legislatures. The analysis also concluded that Latino population and population density are insignificant factors. The study will conclude on current developments on state voter identification laws.