Are Voter ID Laws Here to Stay?

Brian Tseng for Civil Beat

Editor's Note: Hawaii lawmakers earlier this year considered tightening voter ID requirements but the bill died without a hearing. Voters here only have to show photo ID if requested by a poll worker. Read more about Hawaii voting in our special series, Hawaii's Vanishing Voter.

Voter ID laws were one of the most contentious issues of the past election season. (Here is everything you need to know about the laws.) Proponents insisted IDs should be required at polling places in order to thwart fraud. But there has been little evidence of such fraud and Democrats argued that the laws were meant to suppress voters.

The impact of the laws on this past election isn't clear. But one thing is clear: There are still pushes for the laws in many states.

So what happens next?

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