Most Registered Latino Voters Support ID Laws
October 12, 2012

The rash of new voter ID laws across the U.S. has come under fire from civil rights advocates, many of whom argue the rules will disenfranchise minority voters. But a poll finds most Latinos aren't too concerned.

A new survey by the Pew Hispanic Center found among registered Latino voters, 71 percent support laws requiring voters to show official photo ID before casting a ballot. That’s slightly less than the general public, 77 percent of which approves of voter photo ID laws.

The sectors of the Hispanic population with the highest support for the laws include Republicans and the foreign-born. Latinos aged 18 to 29 and who primarily speak English showed the lowest levels of support.

The survey also looked at how likely Latinos are to vote this year. Despite the fact that Latinos make up the largest-ever share of eligible voters in the U.S., about three-quarters who are registered say they're absolutely certain they'll cast a ballot…compared to nearly 90 percent of the general population.

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