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Behind the war over voter ID

The Washington Post takes a look at where a controversial issue stands in state capitols across the nation. Everywhere, the debate splits nearly evenly along party lines. Republicans argue its necessary to protect against fraud, but Democrats counter that concerns about fraud are just excuses to suppress voter turnout among minorities, the poor and the elderly.
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The Washington Post takes a look at where a controversial issue stands in state capitols across the nation. Everywhere, the debate splits nearly evenly along party lines. Republicans argue its necessary to protect against fraud, but Democrats counter that concerns about fraud are just excuses to suppress voter turnout among minorities, the poor and the elderly.

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