Does Texas' new voter ID law disenfranchise women?

Critics of voter ID laws contend that they keep the poor, minorities, and students from voting. But women? That's a new one.

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Voter ID laws tend to be a partisan issue.

Republican lawmakers generally pass the laws, arguing that stronger measures are needed to combat voter fraud and questioning why anybody would object to making sure only eligible voters cast ballots. Democrats tend to object anyway, waving studies showing that voter fraud is all but nonexistent and that voter ID laws disenfranchise groups like minorities, students, the poor, and the elderly, all of whom are less likely to have the proper identification.

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