"But before conservatives claim vindication, the new paper also casts doubt on the argument for voter ID laws, finding no effect on fraud itself, nor even any effect on public confidence in the integrity of the ballot.
Which should be even less surprising than the absence of evidence for voter suppression, because since the George W. Bush administration a large group of people with strong incentives to uncover voter fraud -- Republican lawmakers, law-enforcement personnel and conservative election researchers -- have failed to produce any evidence that the problem exists on a scale that requires a legislative response.
And the rare prosecuted cases generally seem disproportionate to the offense involved -- with confused individuals in the dock rather than old-fashioned Chicago-style machines.
At the same time there's also no question that a lot of Republican operatives pushing voter ID laws are cynics who expect their party to benefit from lower minority turnout, and a number of professional right-wing partisans -- including our president -- see an upside in frightening their voters or viewers with the racialized threat of "urban" ballot-stuffing."
And in letting it slide, Republicans might even have more to gain than Democrats. After all, the cynical side of the voter ID push is pretty transparent, meaning that even if the laws don't have real vote-suppressing consequences, they do serve as a continuing gesture of disrespect to minority voters, a continuing expression of G.O.P. indifference to the African-American memory of what vote restrictions used to mean. So their removal from the Republican agenda could be an act of minority outreach unto itself." excerpts
Not really a "wash".
So, Republicans make fake issue out of voter requirements, and the Dems are equally to blame for pushing back.... otay.
What does the study say about biased redistricting?
Not a thing.