Fewer teens want to drive yet automakers court them. – while this article is focused on the next generation of US automobile buyers, the data points provided are very pertinent to the current debate regarding requiring citizens to show US government-issued photo IDs before voting. The percentage of 19-year-olds without a driver’s license has doubled to 31% in the past three decades. Presumably these teens also do not have passports. Assuming that eligible voters are proportionally distributed between haves and have nots, then almost a third of new voters do not have a government-issued photo ID. I expect that many in that 31% have college-issued photo IDs and government-issued Social Security cards and birth certificates.
In contrast the number of seniors (70 or older) with a driver’s license has significantly increased… but there’s still 20% without one.