According to a new tally by Pennsylvania's government, 758,939 otherwise eligible state voters are currently unable to cast ballots because they lack a driver's license or alternative state identification, as required under a voter ID law passed by Pennsylvania's Republican legislature in March. In all, 9 percent of registered voters in the key swing state run afoul of the law. Pennsylvania's law, and similar ones in Texas, Florida, Wisconsin, and other GOP-led states, "are likely to have a greater impact on Democratic-leaning groups of voters," notably poor and minority voters, says Daniel Tokaji at Ohio State University's law school. "It's pretty obvious that's why Democrats oppose these laws, and Republicans support them."
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