1. SUFFRAGE

    Voter ID Rules Blocked

    TO GO WITH THE STORY BY Andrew BEATTY
A picture made October 14, 2011 shows the Capitol Building in Pennsylvania's capital Harrisburg. Pennsylvania's state capital has filed for bankruptcy fuelling fears it is the first domino in a chain of municipal defaults, but Harrisburg's fate may have as much to do with politics as finance.   AFP PHOTO/Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The move by a judge in Pennsylvania on Tuesday to block a state voter ID law is just the latest in a series of moves within the legal system that have stopped or stalled legislation that would make it harder for people to vote by implementing strict identification guidelines. “Every voter restriction that has been challenged this year has been either enjoined, blocked, or weakened,” said Lawrence Norden of the Brennan Center for Justice. That includes laws in Texas, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and New Hampshire. New restrictions remain in place, however, in Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Indiana.

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