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Detroit News – Citizenship question ordered off voter form
A federal judge late Friday ordered Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to remove a U.S. citizenship question from ballot applications for the Nov. 6 election, citing inconsistent enforcement and potential “confusion” at the polls.
“It really is a burden on the right to vote in terms of slowing things down, in terms of confusion,” U.S. District Court Paul Borman said in ruling from the bench after a six-hour hearing.
Read the full story at the Detroit News.
Huffington Post – Mississippi Voter ID law put on hold for election following federal review
Mississippi’s controversial new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls will not be in effect for the November general election while federal officials review whether the measure is discriminatory, the state said on Tuesday.
It was the second setback for voter ID laws in a single day, coming on the heels of a judge in Pennsylvania ordering officials there to delay implementing a photo ID requirement until after the Nov. 6 election.
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Columbus Dispatch – Voting three days before election reinstated but not required
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today sided with the Obama campaign and Ohio Democrats in reinstating in-person early voting on the final three days before Election Day.
However, the court is not requiring that the polls be open on those days, but rather leaves the decision up to individual county elections boards.
Get the full story at the Columbus Dispatch.
Augusta Chronicle – Justice Department clears South Carolina’s online voter registration law
South Carolina’s online voter registration law has won federal approval, allowing just a few days for people to use the easier option to sign up to vote Nov. 6.
The U.S. Justice Department waited until its deadline to act on the state law signed in June. Under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, South Carolina must receive the federal agency’s approval for any election law change.
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