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Voter ID movement catching on among states, with help from conservative group

Six states enacted voter ID requirements last year and another 31 are considering them this year. A conservative group called the American Legislative Exchange Council - or ALEC - is encouraging states to adopt the idea and providing model legislation.
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Six states enacted voter ID requirements last year and another 31 are considering them this year. A conservative group called the American Legislative Exchange Council - or ALEC - is encouraging states to adopt the idea and providing model legislation.

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