Between the Lines By Mark Halperin

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A federal appeals court overturned a law on Aug. 30 that made a government-issued photo ID a prerequisite for voting. The panel ruled that the measure--and the cost of the ID--placed "strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor" and minorities.


A federal judge struck down a measure on Aug. 31 that would have cut three days of early voting just before Election Day. Obama for America brought the lawsuit; Ohio secretary of state Jon Husted appealed the ruling on Sept. 4.


On Aug. 29, a federal judge announced he would end the restrictions on voter-registration drives backed by Governor Rick Scott last year. The law forced groups to submit voter signatures within 48 hours of collecting them, instead of 10 days, or face stiff fines.

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