CARBONDALE — Picture IDs? One in 10 Illinois voters doesn’t have them, according to new poll results from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU Carbondale.

The recent statewide poll commissioned by the institute revealed 9.4 percent of registered voters asked said they don’t have a current state-issued photo identification card and couldn’t show one at polling places if it were required to cast a ballot.

The results are the latest from the institute’s annual poll and were released just one day after a Pennsylvania judge blocked a controversial voter ID law in that state.

Requiring picture IDs is aimed at preventing voter fraud, but the practice has come under criticism. Critics argue such rules keep poor and minority voters — those less likely to have current IDs — from voting.

“This is a delicate issue,” institute director David Yepsen said. “We all want clean elections, yet no one should inadvertently disenfranchise voters either. This poll shows Illinois policy makers need to tread carefully if they want to pursue voter ID laws.”

Yepsen added, given the current political climate in Illinois, it is unlikely any voter ID legislation will make it into law.

Illinois’ numbers are just about on par with national statistics provided by the Brennan Center for Justice, which estimates strict voter ID laws would hinder about 10 percent of eligible voters.

Of the 9.4 percent the Simon institute recorded as not having current picture IDs, 14.6 percent were people with high school educations or lower, 16.2 percent were African Americans, 13.4 percent were voters younger than 35, and 14 percent were those in households with incomes below $50,000 annually.

The institute questioned 1,261 registered voters in early September. The margin of error for the poll was plus or minus 2.77 percent.

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