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I&I/TIPP Poll: Are State Voting Reforms Racist? Americans Again Are Deeply Divided

Terry Jones examines the findings of an I&I/TIPP poll on Americans' perceptions of whether state voting reforms such as voter ID laws are racist.

Black and white people voting, 1962. Photo: Warren K. Leffler, U.S. News & World Report, Library of Congress collection.
Black and white people voting, 1962. Photo: Warren K. Leffler, U.S. News & World Report, Library of Congress collection. Public Domain.

Among some groups, one of the main criticisms of recent state election reform efforts has been that they are racially motivated, intended to keep minorities from voting. New polling data from I&I/TIPP show Americans once again sharply split on the issue.

The I&I/TIPP Poll asked the following question: “To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement: State election reforms like voter ID laws are racist.”

The results are decidedly mixed. While a plurality of 45% agree with that statement, 39% do not. And just 22% say they “strongly agree” with that statement, while 26% say they strongly disagree.

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