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Advocates Fear Strict Voter ID Laws Will Reduce Turnout

Voter groups discuss goal of registering 110,000 new voters by the 2014 November election.
(Photo by Alexandra Olgin/KJZZ News)
Voter groups discuss goal of registering 110,000 new voters by the 2014 November election.

Latino voter advocacy groups are concerned about turnout in elections this fall. They fear Arizona’s identification laws will discourage people from coming to the polls.

In order to vote in state elections, Arizona requires more forms of personal identification than federal voter registration laws. Jonathan Alanis with the Arizona Advocacy Network explained what will happen if a voter doesn’t provide the additional documents. 

“They will provide you with a federal only ballot," Alanis said. "They will let you know that you are not qualified to vote for a state ballot cause you didn’t provide those additional ID requirements that the state of Arizona."

A Kansas case challenging a similar law goes before a federal appeals court on Aug. 25, the day before the Arizona primary election. Local advocates here are looking to the decision in that case to determine how to proceed here. 

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Alexandra Olgin was a Senior Field Correspondent at KJZZ from 2013 to 2016.