Vote restrictions in Wisconsin said to have affected turnout

Published: Nov. 10, 2016 at 10:19 AM CST
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WASHINGTON (AP) --Experts believe new voting restrictions enacted in 14 states had some effect on turnout, especially in some of the battleground states won by Republican Donald Trump.

Voter IDs restrictions, reduced early voting and polling place consolidation were among the concerns heading into this presidential election, particularly in minority communities.

In some of the states, the margins between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton were simply too great for those restrictions to have been a deciding factor. But in Wisconsin, one poll monitor said the roughly 27,000-vote difference was concerning given the turmoil surrounding the state's voter ID law.

As many as 300,000 Wisconsin voters did not have the required photo ID. With lower than expected turnout, Trump was the first Republican to win the state since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Copyright 2016: Associated Press