I haven't written much about what Ari Berman calls the "GOP War on Voting", but you should all read his article, and know that this is in fact a significant focus of Republican policy over the last few years. The question of the effects, on the other hand, is more difficult. There probably won't be significant effects on actual voter fraud, because by all accounts there isn't much fraud to begin with. But what of the effects on otherwise eligible voters?
While I am by no means an expert on turnout, I tend to agree with what John Sides concluded the other day: that there's evidence that it could have a significant effect, but some skepticism is appropriate, too.
But then again there's Heritage. Or, and finally getting to the Catch, David Brockington's epic takedown of Heritage's "study" claiming that, gosh, all those rich, educated, community-involved folks who resist voting now will run to the polls once all that horrible voter fraud is gone. Or something like that; Brockington throws quite a lot of evidence at what was apparently an evidence-free report.
As I said, I'm not convinced yet that the actual effects of all this are as dramatic as some liberals fear (and, presumably, Republican operatives hope). But it's still, at least in my opinion, awful stuff. At any rate, nice catch!