A longtime partisan cliché is that voter identification laws (such as those that require government-issued picture IDs to prevent fraud) are designed to support Republicans, because those citizens who are more likely to not have such IDs are also more likely to vote Democrat: minorities and the poor.
However, the above groups are less likely to vote at all, and it has also been attributed to the “costs of cognitive participation.” This refers to the time and mental energy required to stay informed on current events, and to plan for and set aside the time and resources to cast a vote, which is obviously more involved for those who lack fixed home addresses, easy transportation, or a forgiving work schedule. But on aggregate, demand for voting is more inelastic than Dems care to admit–people who value voting are more likely to accomplish it.
Get Out the Vote (GOTV) is, and should continue to be, the winning strategy for Democrats. However, there is not any evidence that voter ID laws hurt turnout.
Another thought is that Voter ID laws are correlation without causation: states more likely to institute Voter ID laws are also likely to have low minority turnout because of other cultural or economic barriers, which may, or may not, have anything to do with public policies.
ModCon believes Dems should give up the battle against Voter ID laws because the potential gains of avoiding fraud are more than offset by the victimhood mentality that can turn off swing voters. Even when Voter ID laws are politically motivated, they are not racially motivated.