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Same biases behind voter law and constituent service?

Christian Grose, a political scientist at the University of Southern California, and another researcher sent e-mails to legislators in 14 states (including Kansas), asking whether a driver’s license was needed to vote, National Public Radio reported. Some e-mails came from a man named Jacob Smith, and others were from a man named Santiago Rodriguez. GOP lawmakers who supported voter-ID laws were 40 percent less likely to respond to the e-mail from the man with the Latino name than were other Republicans who didn’t support voter-ID laws. (Democrats responded at the same rate to both names.) Though the reasons for the lack of responsiveness was unclear, the researchers concluded that “the quality of representation is poor for many Latino constituents through both policy and nonpolicy representation.” – Phillip Brownlee