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Despite new ID laws, election system performed well, experts say

The Obamas

Long waits and other polling problems on Tuesday were not significantly worse than in previous presidential election years but still signaled potential challenges for the future, experts said Wednesday.


Insight: Scant evidence of voter suppression, fraud in states with ID laws

Voter Suppression

Democratic claims that a large number of Americans could be prevented from voting because of photo identification laws are probably overstated based on evidence from Georgia and Indiana, the two states where the laws have been in place for multiple elections, Reuters found... Data and numerous interviews by Reuters reporters also suggest there is little evidence to bolster Republican assertions that ID laws are needed to combat rampant voter fraud.

Senh: Looks like a case of "much ado about nothing" from both parties.


Weighing the impact of voter ID laws

Voter ID Laws

For LaVon Bracy, the pain of racial discrimination, of fighting for her rights as a U.S. citizen, still aches every time she thinks about Florida's new voter identification law. "When I think I had ancestors that died for this right. I owe it to them ... to do what I'm doing," said Bracy, who years ago helped desegregate her Florida high school and today is fighting to change voting restrictions she feels are designed to keep people like her away from the polls.


Courts block Republicans' voter ID laws – for now

Voter ID Laws

Judges suspend new state laws requiring voter ID for the Nov. 6 election but leave the door open for them in the future. Earlier this year, voting rights advocates foresaw a cloud over this year's election because new voting laws in Republican-led states tightened the rules for casting ballots and reduced the time for early voting.


Judge halts Pa.'s tough new voter ID requirement

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law

A judge on Tuesday blocked Pennsylvania's divisive voter identification requirement from going into effect before Election Day, delivering a hard-fought victory to Democrats who said it was a ploy to defeat President Barack Obama and other opponents who said it would prevent the elderly and minorities from voting.

Senh: Good riddance. The Republican lawmaker who made the comment that the ID requirement "is going to allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania" should resign.


Fearing vote suppression, minority churches use 'souls to polls' to register and rally voters

It's not just the collection plate that's getting passed around this fall at hundreds of mainly African-American and Latino churches in presidential battleground states and across the nation....


New ID laws could delay outcome of close election

Supreme Court

The presidential election is Nov. 6, but it could take days to figure out the winner if the vote is close. New voting laws are likely to increase the number of people who have to cast provisional ballots in key states....


Six weeks before election, Pennsylvania voter ID law back in court

A judge will reconsider on Tuesday whether Pennsylvania's new voter-identification law unfairly burdens residents who must prove they are eligible to cast ballots in the November 6 presidential race.


Closing arguments set for South Carolina voting case

Voter Suppression

Closing arguments Monday over South Carolina’s voter-identification law will cap an extraordinary case that has seen charges of racism directed at the law’s author and federal judges’ open frustration over state officials’ changing stances on implementing it.


Study: Laws could dampen Latino vote

A civil rights group says photo ID laws and proof of citizenship rules could deter Latinos from voting.


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