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Insight: Scant evidence of voter suppression, fraud in states with ID laws

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Betty Lockett, 103 and her second cousin Peter Smith, 64, who helped her get a voter ID are shown in Munster, Indiana October 18, 2012. Lockett moved from Illinois to Indiana this and wanted to vote but state officials would not accept her Illinois ID, asking for a passport or birth certificate. Democratic claims that a large number of Americans could be prevented from voting because of photo identification laws are probably...more

Betty Lockett, 103 and her second cousin Peter Smith, 64, who helped her get a voter ID are shown in Munster, Indiana October 18, 2012. Lockett moved from Illinois to Indiana this and wanted to vote but state officials would not accept her Illinois ID, asking for a passport or birth certificate. Democratic claims that a large number of Americans could be prevented from voting because of photo identification laws are probably overstated based on evidence from Georgia and Indiana, the two states where the laws have been in place for multiple elections, Reuters found. Photo taken October 18, 2012. REUTERS/Nick Carey
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WW II veteran William S. Benford, 93, is shown after voting in Atlanta, Georgia in this handout photo courtesy of the Benford family October 24, 2012. Benford, born in rural Georgia and raised by foster parents does not have a birth certificate and has never had a driver's license. Although he is a long time registered voter and tried to vote absentee, his ballot was returned inexplicably. Photo taken October 24, 2012....more

WW II veteran William S. Benford, 93, is shown after voting in Atlanta, Georgia in this handout photo courtesy of the Benford family October 24, 2012. Benford, born in rural Georgia and raised by foster parents does not have a birth certificate and has never had a driver's license. Although he is a long time registered voter and tried to vote absentee, his ballot was returned inexplicably. Photo taken October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Tarrence Brown/Handout
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People fill the waiting area of a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation office in Philadelphia as they wait to get a voter ID card, September 27, 2012. REUTERS/Tom Mihalek

People fill the waiting area of a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation office in Philadelphia as they wait to get a voter ID card, September 27, 2012. REUTERS/Tom Mihalek
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