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ACLU: Photo ID bounty contest turned up no sign of fraud

The American Civil Liberties Union says no one will collect the $1,000 it posted as a "bounty" for evidence of voter fraud that photo ID legislation would have prevented. The ACLU says no one offered evidence that met the criteria, but Minnesota Majority, a pro-photo ID group, says they had a valid claim.
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The American Civil Liberties Union says no one will collect the $1,000 it posted as a "bounty" for evidence of voter fraud that photo ID legislation would have prevented. The ACLU says no one offered evidence that met the criteria, but Minnesota Majority, a pro-photo ID group, says they had a valid claim.

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