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What Data Visualization Can and Can't Tell Us About Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, August 7 2012

A spot analysis of some 868,648 records of active voters in the city of Philadelphia suggests that Pennsylvania's new voter identification law may have a disproportionate affect on minorities and students. But the analysis, performed by Philadelphia-based software company Azavea and limited in scope only to the company's home city, raises eyebrows as much because of what it says about the lack of access researchers have to quality data on voters as it does about who might be affected by new law. Read More

A New App to Explain Voter ID Laws

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, July 17 2012

A new online application aims to answer questions about voter eligibility by explaining what kind of identification voters need to get to the ballot in every state. Called the Cost of Freedom App, it's the brainchild of Faye Anderson, a voting rights activist based in Philadelphia. The app has new relevance because of voter identification laws going into effect in Pennsylvania this year. In March, the Republican-controlled legislature passed a law requiring voters to have a photo ID in order to cast their vote. Bloomberg recently reported that 750,000 Pennsylvanians might be denied a chance to vote because they don't have a driver's license or alternate form of identification. Read More