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The GOP's voter ID strategy gets a boost in Pennsylvania
The GOP's voter ID strategy gets a boost in Pennsylvania

At the heart of a Pennsylvania judge's decision to let that state's voter ID requirement stand for the fall election is the notion that people can get those documents easily and cheaply, in many cases for free. Echoing the sentiments of the backers of such laws across the nation, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson no voter need be disenfranchised because they are poor or minority. But the reality is quite different. As a recent report from the Brennan Center for Justice notes, it's not so easy to obtain a state-issued ID in states with restrictive voter ID laws. In many cases, the issuing offices are located far away, are infrequently open and require applicants to...

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