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Eric Holder: Time To Consider National Voting Standards

Attorney General Eric Holder said during a speech on Tuesday night at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library that it's time to consider setting national standards for how elections should be handled.

"A recent study by the MacArthur Foundation found that nearly 90 percent of those who voted in last month's election would support creating national voting standards," Holder said, according to prepared remarks. "That's why it is important for national leaders, academic experts, and members of the public to engage in a frank, thorough, and inclusive discussion about how our election systems can be made stronger and more accessible."

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Election Lawyers See Bleak Future For Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON — Several prominent election lawyers on a panel here Friday predicted that the Supreme Court would ultimately strike down a part of the Voting Rights Act that requires states with a history of racial discrimination to have their election laws precleared by federal authorities.

Just one, Michael Carvin of Jones Day, thought that was a good thing.

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Maine GOP Chair: 'Unusual' To See Black People Voting

The head of Maine's Republican Party defended himself on Thursday over comments he made about black people committing voter fraud in his state.

In an interview with TPM, Charlie Webster said his remarks earlier in the week had been misinterpreted as racist, but he still insisted it was "unusual" to see so many black voters at the polls in an overwhelmingly white state.

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Voting Limits Caused Less Chaos This Year Than Epic Lines

There was confusion about a voter ID law in Pennsylvania, widespread use of provisional ballots in Ohio and problems for college students voting in Florida on Election Day. But the systematic, widespread voter disenfranchisement that some voting rights advocates had feared didn't come to fruition in 2012.

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Turmoil Follows As Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Meets Reality

WASHINGTON — Voting and civil rights activists said Tuesday that Pennsylvania's new voter ID law was causing mass confusion across the state as people tried to go to the polls.

Because of a judge's ruling in October, the law attempted to walk a line by allowing poll workers to ask voters for photo identification while also giving voters a big loophole to cast a regular ballot without it.

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Blacklisted Firm Got $600K From GOP Sources In September

Strategic Allied Consulting, a firm tied to allegations of voter registration fraud, was paid more than $600,000 by Republican sources in September before being blacklisted in the wake of those allegations.

Federal campaign finance records disclosed on Friday show that in September the Republican National Committee paid the company more than $416,000 and the Republican Party of Virginia paid it another $200,000. The RNC's payments were first reported by BuzzFeed.

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