Experts Say Voter Restriction Laws May Have Impacted 2016 Election

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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2016 file photo , voters line up during early voting in Raleigh, N.C. Fourteen states had new voting or registration restrictions in place for the 2016 presidential election, raising concerns that minority voters in particular would have a harder time accessing the ballot box. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 20, 2016 file photo , voters line up during early voting in Raleigh, N.C. Fourteen states had new voting or registration restrictions in place for the 2016 presidential election, raising concerns that minority voters in particular would have a harder time accessing the ballot box. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Experts believe some new voting restrictions that were enacted in 14 states had some effect on turnout this week, especially in some of the battleground states won by Donald Trump. Among the concerns heading into the election — particularly in minority communities — were new voter ID restrictions and reduced early voting.

In some of the states, the margins between Trump and Hillary Clinton were simply too great for those restrictions to have been a deciding factor. But in Wisconsin, where there was a 27,000-vote margin, as many as 300,000 voters did not have the required photo ID. With lower than expected turnout, Trump was the first Republican to win the state since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

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