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In many North Philly wards, nearly half of residents don’t have ID needed to vote: Azavea [MAP]

In the continued debate about a still-controversial, actively contested Voter ID bill that would require photo identification to be able to vote, Callowhill GIS shop Azavea unveiled a map this week that showed what many already assumed. See the full analysis here, as noted in the comments. The parts of the city that will be […]

Map by Azavea showing percentage of voters with valid photo ID. The deeper purple sections range below 50 percent. Click to visit.

In the continued debate about a still-controversial, actively contested Voter ID bill that would require photo identification to be able to vote, Callowhill GIS shop Azavea unveiled a map this week that showed what many already assumed.

See the full analysis here, as noted in the comments.

The parts of the city that will be most affected are its poorest and, broadly (excepting for pockets of Kensington and Frankford among others), its blackest: including a dense chunk of central North Philadelphia that features mostly wards with less 50 percent adoption of valid photo IDs and West Philadelphia, excluding the outlier of University City and its heavy transient population.

Visit the map here.

It’s perhaps worth adding that the city’s reputation for fraudulent voting calls has some calling numbers into question, even if there’s been questionable hard evidence of such fraud.

H/T Patrick Kerkstra

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Christopher Wink

Christopher Wink is a cofounder and Editorial Director of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.

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